Dalla Dalla,
The Trouble with Paradise

Silkscreened and embroidered Jacquard woven coton fabric
28.5" x 28.5"
(71.12 cm x 71.12 cm)


The “Dalla Dalla” bus is the primary public transportation in Tanzania onto which everyone piles in to get to work. “Paradise” is woven onto the back of the windshield as a form of irony, betraying the real crowdedness and potential discomfort of riding one of these buses. This kind of use of text reflects a continual thematic paradox in my art– works serve as both a celebration and cautionary tale. Language and labor have value in expressing beauty but also exploitation, joy and sorrow.