Local Artist Named as Artist in Residence in Israel

Oklahoma Baptist University adjunct art instructor Gloria Abella De Duncan is serving as co-artist in residence in Herzliya, Israel along with her daughter Vanessa Paloma, a vocalist, during the fall semester.

The mother and daughter duo have developed an original performance/exhibition entitled, "Seas of Change," an exploration of women in the process of exile, migration and displacement. The installation-performance will incorporate spoken word, movement, traditional and new music, visual projections and screens that express the changing roles of women in society.

The performance will include music in Hebrew, English, contemporary Spanish and Ladino, which is the Spanish-Jewish language.

Duncan and Paloma became interested in the theme of women in displacement last year after viewing an exhibition by Eleonor Antin at the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art.

"Exile, migration and language change have been very much a part of our personal and family experience," Duncan said. "Life is such a source for art."

Duncan and Paloma will perform for artists in residence from around the world at the opening reception of the Arad Arts Project in the Negev desert. They also will perform at Herzliya, Jerusalem, Ashdod, Tiberias and Tel-Aviv. Once back in the United States, they plan to expand the performance for performances for varied venues.

"We want the viewers to identify with the feelings expressed through poetry, song and visuals," Duncan said. "I hope we can guide the audience through an empowering journey to discover their sturdiness throughout the changes in their lives."

The duo is scheduled to perform "Seas of Change" at OBU in the spring.

Duncan's artwork is being displayed locally at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art's exhibit "Oklahoma Visual Arts: A Decade of Excellence."

The exhibit features the winners of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Award of Excellence, which Duncan was awarded in 1995.

Paloma, a Los Angeles resident, is a 1993 OBU graduate. Duncan's husband, Dr. Ron Duncan, is professor of anthropology at OBU.