We had the good fortune of connecting with Aurora Bewicke and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aurora, what principle do you value most?
Respect, including both respect for others and respect for myself. Only by allowing individuals the space to embrace their own perspective and their own way of doing things can we truly have diversity. And, without diversity, the world would be a boring place. I’m not into boring. On a more serious note, I equate the opposite of respect as repression. Neither communities nor individuals thrive under a system of repression. Small repressions beget systemic repression. When I take an action, I try to remember to ask myself whether the action respects my true self and, also, whether that action respects the dignity of those with whom I am interacting. With my art, the bigger struggle is to respect my own path without focusing on the (imagined or real) perspective of the critics, gallerists, public, etc. Of course, it is all trickier in practice than in theory. I’m an imperfect human. I mess it up all the time. To quote Langston Hughes: “Do you understand my dreams? Sometimes you say you do. And sometimes you say you don’t. Either way. It doesn’t matter. I continue to dream.”

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
In our world of digital augmentation, my works–based on rough sketches and utilizing hand-stitched, recycled fabric–rebel against perfectionism. My pieces juxtapose news articles and global stories against simple, abstracted scenes of daily life, wherever I happen to be. Sometimes, it’s metaphoric. For example, during the past year of lockdowns, I did an entire series of empty living rooms. Just recently, I’m shifting into industrial landscapes, as I turn my attention outward to the environmental issues we, as a global society, need to tackle on a much broader scale, right now. (Really, right now!) As for lessons I’ve learned, mainly, it is to never stop creating. To just keep going even if you don’t have an audience at the moment. It’s to finish the piece, even if you don’t like where it is going, because sometimes getting to the end will teach you something.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big fan of my 92113 neighborhood. I would take them to Walk the Block in Barrio Logan (https://www.walktheblocksd.com/), to do some local shopping at all of the amazing boutiques . We’d have to hit up both Border X and Mujeres Brewhouse. Fingers crossed, there would be an opening at Bread & Salt gallery. We would definitely check out all of the murals at Chicano Park. At least one morning, we would go for coffee at the newly opened Mixed Grounds (@mixedgrounds), right around the corner from me in Logan Heights. Further afield, I take all my out-of-town guests to Balboa Park and to the beach, of course, usually Coronado, but sometimes I like to go up to La Jolla. A trip here is not complete without a wander around Tijuana. Pasaje Rodriguez, Cine Tonalá, CECUT, Telefónica Gastro Park and Playas de Tijuana are great places to spend time with friends.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout outs to Sheena Wadhawan (https://www.sheenawadhawan.com/), for continually opening my eyes to new perspectives; MOXIE Theatre (http://www.moxietheatre.com/), for keeping feminist art alive in San Diego; Judith Cabrera, for keeping me in the loop with what’s going on in TJ, even during COVID; Mujeres Brewhouse (https://mujeresbrewhouse.com/), for giving me a place to relax while gazing at Panca’s art (@ aypanca) and hanging with friends at a six-foot distance; and all of the artists and activists in Myanmar struggling at this very moment to keep democracy alive (see @myanmart).

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