Prospect Satellite

This year’s Prospect New Orleans will include new work from Kim Rice—a 1000-square-foot fiber-art installation—as part of its triennial Satellite program. Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp will feature works from a wide variety of artists exploring the creation of beauty from darkness and struggle. The show opens November 18th and runs through February 2018.

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24 Works on Paper

A map from Kim Rice’s redlining series has been selected for the biennial “24 Works on Paper,” a travelling exhibition of paper-based work by contemporary artists. The show runs through the end of January 2018. See the web site for the schedule.

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New Work : Prospect New Orleans

The Divide
roofing paper, New Orleans HOLC maps
Fourteen 4’ ✕ 10’ panels

In the 1930’s, as a means to boost the middle class, the US Government made mortgages available through a program called the Home Owners’ Loan Corporation (HOLC). In a well-documented process known as redlining, government officials outlined neighborhoods on city maps and then color-coded the areas. The neighborhoods deemed “declining” (yellow) or “hazardous” (red) were not considered for mortgages—these were integrated or non-white neighborhoods. Banks and insurance companies followed the example of the Federal Government and did not finance home ownership in these areas either. This practice was legal until 1968. The residue of this institutional racism continues to segregate, allowing some communities to thrive while others suffer.

The Divide is a meditation on redlining. Using patterns from my Scandinavian heritage, I wove roofing paper and New Orleans HOLC maps into the Mississippi river. The Mississippi was a port for the slave trade and the institutional racism of redlining is a part of that legacy. In New Orleans, property and water are particularly interwoven. Areas that had little flooding during Katrina like Uptown were considered “Best” on the 1939 redlining map.

Equality in America is directly linked to property. It is the way we accrue money, pass down inheritance, and get access to education, food, and employment. Where you live in the United States is even linked to life expectancy. In an era of constant information it is important to repeat a truth over and over again until we fully understand it and deal with it. As a white person I recognize my middle class status, my education, my profession and my ability to be a homeowner today are directly linked to my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ ability to own property.

The Divide — Installed at CANO Creative Space, New Orleans

The Divide — map side

The Divide — white side

The Divide — Map side (detail)

The Divide — White side (detail)