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January 24, 2014

Border relations through an artists's eye

Jewelry exhibit at IU Kokomo explores relationship between U.S. and Mexico.

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Thea Clark grew up in San Francisco. She made her necklace out of steel, cotton bandanas, epoxy resin, tinted plastic, a 50-centavos coin and a one-cent coin.

“I used cotton bandanas because they were so visible in the Chicano culture of the neighborhood I grew up in San Francisco,” she wrote. “…The fiber is torn. This personifies the condition many immigrants experience separated from families. It also represents the fabric of our societies as we face the ramifications of border policies.”

Bolinger said about 50 people wandered through the gallery on opening night. Many asked questions and were surprised by how much they learned from the exhibit, she said.

More than 100 pieces, made of both traditional materials and found objects, are included in the show, curated by San Francisco art gallery Velvet Da Vinci.

As a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Bolinger was amazed by the types of materials the artists used, including bottle caps, sticks and pieces of wood.

"It shows you can take any material and make it into something beautiful," Bolinger said. "It reminds me that to be an artist, you don't have to buy expensive materials, you can use things that you find, and recycle them into something special."

Lindsey Ziliak, Tribune Life & Style editor, can be reached at 765-454-8585, at lindsey.ziliak@kokomotribune.com or via Twitter @LindseyZiliak.

WANT TO GO? WHAT: The LaFrontera art exhibit WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays through March 1. WHERE: Indiana University Kokomo art gallery COST: Admission and parking are free

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