Force of Nature

AMIRA

Amira, Faux leather, wire, thread, silver solder, acrylic, 72 x 180 x 96 in

Amira, Faux leather, wire, thread, silver solder, acrylic, 72 x 180 x 96 in

ABOUT AMIRA

Amira works as an art consultant, marketing consultant, and podcast host. She volunteers with a number of Oakland community organizations, and in her “spare” time, she hosts a monthly multi-racial book club. And teaches workshops. And leads art tours. There’s not much she doesn’t do, and do well.

Amira is an expert weaver of webs and connector of people. In her fluid, multi-layered life, networking and socializing and down-time and social activism can all happen at the same time. Her guiding principle is that bettering her community betters her as well. Whatever she’s put her mind to this week or this month, she’s driven to succeed-- and she’s planning on bringing a few hundred of her best connections along with her.

Amira’s paid labor hours are represented by solid, leather forms. Her unpaid labor hours—many of which are spent in community activism—take the form of wireframe shapes, as volunteerism is a sort of “civic caretaking” and falls disproportionately on the shoulders of women. But because her paid and unpaid labor overlaps so much, the silver, turquoise, and black color palette spans both sets of forms. Typically, empty spaces in the sculpture would represent hours when the subject was not working, but in the case of Amira, it seemed best just to leave it loose.

Amira, Archival pigment print, Edition of 3, 36 x 24 in

Amira, Archival pigment print, Edition of 3, 36 x 24 in

Amira, detail

Amira, detail