With the rise of the refugee crisis and the ongoing dispute of the enforced travel ban, Frances Segismundo applies this concern to her current body of work, Dysutopia. For over a year, Segismundo painted empty lots she encountered during her cycling commutes around gentrified areas in Brooklyn to narrate the inevitable movement of people. Focusing on gentrified areas, the notion of coming and going give rise to similar connotations to those immigrants who are forcefully driven away from their homes under corporate and/or political power. She illustrates empty lots amidst a structural backdrop to emphasize these bare sites that are still scattered with the small traces of human existence that once inhabited these spaces; that give a juxtaposition to the solidity of the buildings surrounding it.
Dysutopia 11233 (2016) 18″ x 24″ | Acrylic, oil pastel, pencil, pen on paper | $500