Led by artist Sherrie Medina, Olivia is informed by the collective efforts and knowledge of a team of professionals -- artist, architect, professor/researcher and psychologist. Together they explored this complex project of place attachment and urban gentrification in Guadalupe.
OLIVIA Collaborative Team: Sherrie Medina Artist and Group Coordinator Sherry Ahrentzen Professor of Architecture and Research Director Ernesto Fonseca Architect Liza Hita Psychology Doctoral Student
Guadalupe Youth Build, the city of Guadalupe, ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Bejarano family worked together to break ground on a new home located in the heart of Guadalupe in March, 2006. The house, designed with energy-efficient materials, is replacing a homestead established in the 1920s. The typical Guadalupe home grew over the decades with little planning and additions constructed as needed from a range of available materials by the family of Olivia Bejarano.
The two-part installation, Olivia, charts the history of the Bejarano family, the building of the new house, which looks unlike anything else in Guadalupe, and the response of the community. Sandwiched between Phoenix and Tempe, Guadalupe was founded and has been continuously inhabited by Yaqui Indians and Mexican-American families.
The installation in two spaces of the ASU Art Museum combines to explore this loaded shift in Guadalupes distinctive landscape. The floorplans of the old and new house are reproduced to scale on the floor and overflow onto the walls and ceiling of the permanent collection Americas Gallery. The quirky shape of the historic house is outlined by lines patterned with the homes flowered wallpaper, contrasting with the rectilinear and larger footprint of the new house in stark white lines. In another gallery, the clothesline supports bed sheets that form a viewing space for a monitor playing images of the houses and community, and excerpts from interviews with Olivia Bejarano.
Medina received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute in Chicago and MFA from Arizona State University. Liza Hita received her BS in Political Science and History from University of California, Los Angeles, and MA from Northern Arizona University in Community Counseling. Ernesto Fonseca received his BA from the Universidad del Valle de México and MS in Building Design from Arizona State University. Sherry Ahrentzen received her BA from the University of California at San Diego, and MA and PhD in Social Ecology from the University of California at Irvine.