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Liberty Station Commissions Oceanside Artist for Major Installation

San Diego CA— The NTC Foundation, which oversees the development and operation of 26 buildings at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, has selected three new temporary art projects as part of a rotating public art program titled Installations at the Station. Featured San Diego artists will be Miki Iwasaki, Jason Xavier Lane and Michelle Montjoy, of Oceanside.

Montjoy’s installation is titled ‘A Dime to Call Home’. A collection of sea bags cast in cement, revealing bits of soft clothing and “arms” knitted from nautical rope reaching up from each bag, this installation represents the transformations new recruits experience upon entering the military and its contrasts to home life. The artist would like to add a public engagement element to the installation by knitting on tabletop looms or casting a small time capsule of sea bags with school groups. The installation can be viewed in the archways along the North Promenade beginning in October.

As an artist and art teacher in San Diego County for more than 20 years, Montjoy has had solo shows at the Oceanside Museum of Art and Athenaeum Arts and Music Library, and she was an artist-in-residence at Art Produce Gallery. A recent Creative Catalyst Grant recipient, she will also have work on display at MCASD Downtown beginning this June. At a recent installation at the San Diego Airport, she created intricately knitted sculptural environments from graphic t-shirts, using large tabletop looms reminiscent of those used for traditional knitting projects.

“I see my installation at Liberty Station as a conversation about the shifts of identity, location, and routine a recruit encounters when they enter the military, and the connection they have to their family, home, and previous life.” — Michelle Montjoy

All of these widely diverse, site-specific outdoor art installations will add to the character of the historic 100-acre former Naval Training Center site as a thriving arts and culture destination for the community. “This new round of Installations at the Station brings opportunities to commission area artists to further transform the former Navy campus with unique and creative artworks infused with elements of the Navy’s rich history. Each project will have a community engagement element, and we invite the public to get involved with these outdoor works of art by participating in special related programming and activities or by simply wandering past to take a photo,” explained Alan Ziter, NTC Foundation Executive Director.