Last Saturday’s biological weapons attack in Syria set off yet another wave of involuntary migration. Lebanese-American artist Mary Ann Peters says that this water-based lingo isn’t an accident.
When we speak of a flood, or deluge, or tsunami of refugees at our border, it turns people from individuals into a threat. Her work explores a crisis to which many of us have become numb, after years of news reports and corrosive political rhetoric. With her paintings and installations, Peters makes it impossible to look away.
Mary Ann Peters is a 2nd generation Arabic woman in the U.S. (her family immigrated from Lebanon).
Pictured: impossible monument (on my eyes and my head)
— KUOW Public Radio (@KUOW) April 12, 2018