ABOUT THE ARTIST: Caroline Walker is a multi-disciplinary artist. Finding a meeting point between traditional materials and new technology is of key interest in her work. She received a B.S. in engineering; however, she went on to have a successful career as an interactive designer and art director in New York. Motivated by a lifelong interest in creating, Walker moved to Austin in 2015 in order to have more time to work on art. Her work has been included in numerous shows in Austin and the greater Austin area. In 2019, her work won 1st place in the three-dimensional category at Georgetown Art Center. That same year, Walker received a Bronze Award from Bastrop Art in Public Places for one of her augmented reality sculptures. She continues to experiment with ways to combine the digital and the traditional into two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and installation work.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: This project is bringing together the collective voices of our community, who are now practicing social-distancing due to COVID-19, to create physical artworks. The public was invited to contribute a brief message about the friends, family, and routines that have helped get them through the last several months of the pandemic. A template was made available for download on Caroline Walker’s site. Submissions included drawings, written statements, and voice recordings. These submissions have become part of digitally created mosaics and placed around Austin. Use your phone to trigger an augmented reality experience with audio.
Right: Heart hosted by Neill-Cochran House Museum.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Wilson is an Austin-raised photographer and cinematographer. Much of her work has focused on communities in crisis. Through portraiture and documentary storytelling, she's been fortunate to tell multi-faceted visual stories of disparate communities. From blind teens at the Texas School for the Blind, to a town reeling from a brutal murder; from victims of the Bastrop fires, survivors of the UT Tower shooting, to teenage girls at rock n’ roll camp, paleontologists in West Texas, and even an enclave of Central Texas nudists, her work finds the connections through community. She seeks to honor individuals and to explore our greater shared humanity. Wilson states, "This work is a privilege."
ABOUT THE PROJECT: In Spring 2020, Austin Mayor Adler’s shelter-in-place order called for citizens to self-isolate, all citizens except those doing specific, identified essential work. Many of these workers are women who risk their own safety and health to support the immediate needs of the community. In return we must also support and celebrate them. Wilson called for nominations from the Austin community, encouraging nominations of ALL women including gender-fluid/non-binary and trans women essential workers. Family, friends, and coworkers were invited to submit a description and photo of their loved one in essential service. Selected nominees have been photographed and their images turned into larger-than-life wheat pasted portaits on buildings across Austin.
Left: Elicia, the first woman hired as Crew Chief for the city of Austin Public Works Dept. - Street and Bridge Operations.