Art has been part of Nichole’s Fine Pastry since its inception. Our rotating art exhibits allow us to surround our patrons with beautiful, interesting artworks while supporting the arts community in the Metro area.
Works by Lana Suomala
Nichole’s Fine Pastry is pleased to present an exhibit works by artist Lana Suomala, now through October 27, 2018.
In this series of hand-sown felt images, Spanish teacher and artist Lana Suomala encourages viewers to see beyond borders and realize that our destinies are entwined in many ways.
The panels on view here explore aspects of immigration. The images from the Conexiones (Connections) suite look at what unites us as human beings. The images of El Viaje (The Journey) document challenges that face those fleeing difficult situations in their homelands.
The choice of hand-sewn felt, with its vibrant and appealing colors and inviting texture, draws its inspiration from the beautiful crafts found throughout Latin America. The time-consuming nature of sewing by hand allowed the artist to reflect on the circumstances and subjects that inspired each image. By using traditional craft methods, the artist also reminds viewers of the women throughout the world who make beautiful pieces coveted by collectors and tourists, yet often cannot support themselves and their families with the sale of their crafts.
As an advocate for immigration reform and for the humane treatment of all people – especially the poorest of our world – the artist gives us a window into the lives of immigrants. She offers a unique interpretation of the immigrant’s journey, in hopes that her viewers will gain insight and compassion.
The works in this exhibit are not for sale but are available for exhibition. The panels are part of a larger body of work with a total of 36 images entitles Postville Loteria. For more information, contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org.