Paszport by Beata Wehr

Paszport is a book about immigration, identity, displacement and nostalgia. I digitally collaged several old documents – passport, visas, identity cards, with some meaningful ephemera such as butterfly stamp from a letter from my family. Central spread contains image I constructed from both of my worlds: Sonoran Desert landscape combined with a transplanted and multiplied monument of a Polish King Sigismunt III Vasa from Warsaw. This very personal work is not only about a significant change of the place where I live; it also takes the viewer back in time to the eighties and early nineties.

Artist Bio

Beata Wehr is a visual artist and educator from Warsaw, Poland. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona, traveling back to Europe every year. She graduated from the Warsaw University in Poland with an M.A. degree in art history in 1982 and from the University of Arizona with an M.F.A. in painting/combined media in 1999. She paints and creates artist's books, examining in her work the ideas of home, place, time, transience and multicultural experiences. Her works were shown in international and national exhibitions and are included in over 50 public collections in the USA and abroad.