For years, Artist Deborah McCullough has walked the migrant trails with the Tucson Samaritans, and has collected many objects that migrants leave behind as they cross the desert of Southern Arizona. She creates evocative installations from these artifacts to appeal to the viewers’ sense of humanity.
“What inspires me? Sore feet, weary, lost people, and the stories of someone who found water that had been placed along the trails in the desert. I find objects left behind, personal items, an embroidered cloth used for wrapping tortillas, a child's toy, a baby carrier, a Bible or a notebook with hand-written prayers. My objective is to present these things in such a way that the viewer is reminded that these are human beings who are walking mile after mile; people who are caught in a political web. They are people struggling to feed their families or they may be people trying to return to families in the USA."
This exhibit is produced in collaboration with UA’s Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry. The closing reception is Saturday, November 1 at 1:30pm, in conjunction with Full Circle: Confluencenter Explores the Sounds, Tastes and Sights of Death.
More information available at Confluencenter.arizona.edu or 621-4587.