Alicia Escott Explores Community and Displacement Through the Language of Ecology
“Another Brief History of the Sunset”
Irving Street Projects / April 2 – June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23 2-5pm
Gallery Hours: Sundays, 1-5pm during the month of June
Working with life-sized renderings of local species on plastic packaging material to evoke the essentialization of animals and question the use of their image as a symbol of place, local artist Alicia Escott explores the interplay of endemic and introduced species as a meditation on community as it relates to the ecology of the Outer Sunset and Ocean Beach.
At a time when the weight of world news seems overwhelming, Another Brief History of the Sunset, focuses on a local scale of introspection, research and connectivity to discuss broader issues of inclusion, adaptation and intersectionality.
Escott’s studio work during her residency will focus on the ecosystem of Ocean Beach, a vast expanse of dunes that was once largely inhospitable to humans but provided a niche habitat for a wide array of life including the now extinct Xerxes Blue butterfly, the endangered Snowy Plover, and countless species of birds, mammals, insects and mollusks. Today, the Outer Sunset is also home to a growing vibrant and diverse human population negotiating a changing landscape.
Much of Escott’s work is characterized by a dedication to a research-based practice and a deep connection to understanding past ecologies. Her residency at Irving Street Projects will serve as a framework for visitors to explore the social and ecological history of the Outer Sunset neighborhood as a way to better participate within it.
Another Brief History of the Sunset will run from April 2, 2017 to June 30, 2017 with an opening reception on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 2-5pm. Gallery hours will be held regularly on Sundays 1-5pm during the month of June. Additional public programs will be announced.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alicia Escott is an artist based in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco, whose work deals with issues of environmental degradation, social injustice, and species loss. Escott holds an MFA from California College of the Arts and a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. Escott has been a fellow at Djerassi, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and the JB Blunk Artist Residency. Her work has been shown nationwide in institutions, galleries and alternative spaces including exhibitions at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Hayward Gallery in London, the Berkeley Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and in the San Francisco Maritime Museum.