Migrants, Border lands, and Social Justice: An Artist Journey brings together three experiences. They each share the underlying theme of people on the move: individuals and families uprooted from their homes. The decision to uproot, leave home varies from seasonal employment needs to long-term safety and security issues and a better future for the children. The sketches are amplified with text to tell their story as well as the humanitarian aid migrants receive from several non-profit organisations. Each section of Migrants, Border Lands and Social Justice contains the author's symbolic painted wood panels that conclude with 'Build Bridges Not Walls.
With a career that extends over 65 years, Betty LaDuke has created a profound and compassionate body of work along with a life rich in activism and community engagement reaching around the globe. She has carved her own path as an artist,working primarily outside of art world centers, and following her own interests and approach to art making. LaDuke has an intense drive, and passion to meet and engage with people from all cultural backgrounds. Jonathan Bucci, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Hallie Ford Museum of Art,Willamette University, Salem, Oregon --From Book blurb
The last 50 years have provided ample occasions for LaDuke to deploy her considerable artistic talents as a force for good not motivated by greed or defeated by cynicism. Her most recent work could not be more relevant for our times. Gloria Ruff, Associate Curator/Registrar, Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University. --From Book Blurb
About the Author
Betty LaDuke is an artist and Professor of Art Emeritus, Southern Oregon University. Her paintings and mural panels celebrate cultural diversity and experiences from her work with non-profit organizations: Freedom from Hunger and Heifer International. Travels and research have resulted in six book publications from Africa through the Eyes of Women Artists, 1991 to Bountiful Harvest from Land to Table, 2016. LaDuke s twenty-six of the almost life-size panels are now on permanent display at the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport.