"Broken Walls" (April 6–May 7)
On exhibit at UMass Boston's Harbor Gallery through May 6, "Broken Walls" features the work of Daphne Arthur.
Arthur's work takes up nature, culture. and self invention in its investigative exploration into identity formation. She makes use of an eclectic assortment of materials, including smoke, plaster, graphite and found objects, to create auto-mythologies where both real and fictional (but altogether personal) portraits merge, creating self-contained worlds.
Through a process that is both time and labor intensive, Arthur utilizes the textures and patterns present in her work to offer a sense of culture that transcends time and geography. Drawing from a cosmopolitan heritage that includes Latin and African American roots, Arthur uses history, particularly focused on Latin American and Caribbean nations, as the platform for her artistic investigation in "self invention, self representation, and creative self-sufficiency."