Beulah Styptic, Gold, drawing on metal by Beulah N. Homeless Shelter, Venice, Ca. Tabernacle Shelter Project, 8” x10”, frames embossed metal and roofing metal, 1987, Peter Stamates Sr. Collection
1980's Wall Frames
In the late 1980’s after working on my first community-based projects with small groups in homeless shelters in New York Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Iowa I needed time alone in the studio to think about how to process what we’d done so far. The long-term vision was to make major public installations showing the work from the shelter and giving credit to all involved. This body of work I call wall frames. I used the old roof torn off my home and related found materials to encase found notes on metal and images from past work. The frames are really the pieces. The shrine turned house turned framing device became more and more related to issues public and private, of identity and dislocation.
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