Monday, January 12, 2009

Cynthia Hooper – Tijuana Garage Door Dwellings

“These oil and gouache paintings interpret the resourcefully improvised domestic dwellings and infrastructure of the rapidly and perilously expanding working-class communities of Tijuana, Mexico. My most recent paintings examine the repurposing of cast-off garage doors from vintage San Diego subdivisions to build sturdy four-walled Mexican homes. These garage doors—once an important façade component for mid-century American commuter homes—now function as the only façade for households that (more often than not) cannot afford a car. This subtle irony—as well as these homes’ iconic beauty—is completely compelling, as are the complex social and economic contingencies that shape these communities.” – Cynthia Hooper

You can learn more about Cynthia by visiting her website

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