Mary Ann Peters | the world is a garden, the walls are the state

Presented with James Harris Gallery
Seattle artist Mary Ann Peters presents a new monolithic sculpture, the world is a garden, the walls are the state (2017), comprised of an internal white cube coated with flowers and seen through the veil of a honeycomb patterned screen. An interpretation of a phrase from the 14th-century North African Arab historian Ibn Kaldun, "The world is a garden, the walls are the state" -- and the result of her research and observations of the Syrian exodus in the generation of her grandparents and today -- Peters’ installation is the foundation for an ongoing series titled "impossible monuments," which aim to give voice to "small influential narratives within migration histories that deserve reverence."

Mary Ann Peters, the world is a garden, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and James Harris Gallery.
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