30 of the 160 individual Portraits that are painted on two sides.

These installation shots reveal two sides of the same paintings, first the fronts, then the backs. They were installed in the main structure so viewers could access either side dependent upon the their position relative to the main stage. Viewers could stand at the opening of the stage for an interior view, and view the “backs” of the paintings. The portrait “back” is more simplistic and mask-like. This somewhat ominous, unfamiliar view speaks to the hidden identity of agri workers. Viewers can also view the portrait “fronts” from the exterior of the main stage.  From this view point the portraits take on the qualities of a community – their gaze meeting onlooking members of the community. The duration of time that I spent painting these individuals extended well beyond the initial snapshot. The rendering process allowed me, one who benefits from their labors, to gain a certain familiarity with each individual.

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The front and back of a portrait as it hangs set into the textile.

Front and back view of one of the two sided portrait paintings.

The outside view of the sculpture with portraits.

A painted garden of cultivated and native plants of Visalia.

We were pleased with the receptiveness of the Visalia community. Perishable remains were taken home by the public and donated to local shelters.

Produce donated by local growers are coated with gold by members of the public who, then, place them into the collective sculpture.

Members of the public enjoyed contributing to the golden centerpiece. Produce bears often elaborate individual drawings, gold leafing or both.

The Garden Street Plaza Downtown Visalia.  The site for installation of the project, as well as a site for local artists to present their work to the public throughout Saturday.  We determined the location of the structure based on visibility and it’s proximity to the other events taking place throughout the festival, including the “waiter’s race”.

College of Sequoias art student, Nicole Delima, helping us install the main stage. Lots of great volunteers and participants, all of whom made unique contributions to the event.