Jacki Orr likes stuff. And junk. And trash. And you can usually find these elements in her mixed-media sculptures, one of which recently posted up beautifully in a corner of Mesa Contemporary Arts.
For her latest project "The Goal is Interactive Acculturation" installation, Orr will feature found-object shrines and alters as well as video components that comment on culture sharing with Arizona's recent immigration reforms as the anchor. "The Goal is Interactive Acculturation" is scheduled to open with a First Friday artist's reception tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Tire Pit Gallery, located behind Longhouse Studios at 914 North 5th Street
New Times spoke with her regarding the exhibit, her views on immigration, and her recent jaunt to Vietnam. The following is in Orr's words:
Living here in Arizona through the most recent months and years of dealing with the draconian fears of immigration manifested through state policies has had me thinking a lot about culture in Arizona and our greater American culture and such things.