Embrace: a collaborative residency between Sarah Atlee and randall barnes
Current Studio, Oklahoma City, 2017

In the Classen Ten Penn neighborhood in Oklahoma City, like many neighborhoods, a back-and-forth exchange is happening between graffiti writers and the workers who "buff" or paint over it, creating a fresh space for the cycle to continue. Artists Sarah Atlee and randall barnes are taking this cycle as inspiration for a body of collaborative work.

Graffiti removal is commonly referred to as the buff. Often graffiti is painted over leaving a utilitarian form in color and value. These painted geometric forms are reminiscent of modern art and could be considered paintings in and of themselves.  

By creating quilts based on images of structures where graffiti has been buffed, we have transformed a divisive phenomenon into objects signifying connection and inclusion. Cold, hard walls become warm, soft quilts.