Evolutionary Transition by Lisa Franklin (created with her parents, Chet and Suzan Young), 2008

On October 8, 2008 the Multi-Cultural Center received a donated piece of artwork from Lisa Franklin (Sac State Art student). Lisa created the mixed media collage, Evolutionary Transition, specifically for the Multi-Cultural Center.

"I am blessed to be a part of three cultures originating from three different countries; China, Mexico, Italy. My life as a Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Cultural individual makes a complete revolution around the world. I wouldn’t be here if my ancestors chose not to transition. I wouldn’t be here if my parents chose not to evolve. I am transition. I am evolution. I am Evolutionary Transition."

Conceptualizing the Mural…

The concept for this piece was an evolutionary process birthed in August 2008 by Lisa Franklin, Natchee Blu Barnd, and Charlene Martinez. Lisa initially proposed the idea of creating a conceptual mural that would be a transformation of various colors turning into other colors symbolizing the mixing of races/ethnicities. That original idea grew and eventually shifted towards emphasizing four distinct colors that would coalesce into one larger circle in the middle and represent all of our various diversities and intersecting identities. More than just symbolizing ethnic backgrounds, this piece represents our diverse age, gender, class, sexuality, and language identities. The colors, textures, and shapes of Evolutionary Transition challenge us to confront the complexities of these individual and collective identities, to own the contradictions of our histories, and to collectively tackle our interconnected social issues.

We hope that this mural stimulates dialogue about our multiple identities, and respective places of power, privilege, oppression, and liberation. The Multi-Cultural Center welcomes these discussions.