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Maggie Shen: '_____SCAPE'

Every week from December 3, 2021 until January 28, 2022.
Tuesday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Athenaeum Art Center
Plus two performances (Dec. 10 and Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m.) and every second Saturday from 6-8 p.m.

From the gallery:
An art project inspired by Baja California & San Diego topography, representing the 5 topographic and climate regions: Beach(Coastal Prairie), Coastal, Inland, Mountain, and Dessert. Each zone provides flavors unique to the Baja California / SD region. The entire project is designed to go the bring experiences of our regional landscape to all our senses. The food is meant to be held, felt, smelled, and tasted. Music is made by the modules of sounds that directly simple from the climate zone. Augmented Reality is used to reflect new way of sharing food under the recent social norms.

The exhibition can be viewed in the AAC Gallery at the Athenaeum Art Center (1951 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113) during opening hours, Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and every second Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., during the Barrio Art Crawl, and by appointment.


  • Friday, Dec. 10 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8 from 6-8 p.m.

In this special time, I hope to create an art experience that can dedicate to transcend both the physical Border Wall between Mexico & the U.S. as well as the emotion of the recent pandemic experience.The immersive art is designed to help recognize the interconnections among us.

The project:
The ingredients are grown/sourced locally in both Baja California & San Diego. The ingredients of native plants are included to reflect different ethnic layers of an immigration society. In a multicultural society with values of freedom of speech and mutual respect, we need each other to reconnect with direct experiences and to leave out our preconceived ideologies. Our bodies serve as basic equipment to receive information. Food-Landscape encourages us to engage our direct experience network again, which can help us build common ground.

Maggie Shen
Marcos Fernandes
Claire Guilbert
Harikrishnan Varma
Learn more here.

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Athenaeum Art Center

1955 Julian Ave.
San Diego, California 92113

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