Patchwork perfect

HARLINGEN — It’s a social statement of sorts.

Local artist Roberta Lee, whose works are on display through the rest of this month and part of next at the House of Frames in downtown Harlingen, admits her art is about emotions and color.

But one of her concepts — the patchwork people — is an effort to show the universality of mankind.

“It’s my one and only social statement,” Lee said. “Stop looking at people’s colors.”

Lee said the patches represent our experiences — the first day of school, our first love, our first heartache — but all had at different times.

“Why couldn’t people see each other as members of the same species, different, but the same with each having their own unique characteristics, individuality and diversity,” she said.

Lee described people as patchworks of genetic information, combined with environment, experiences and happenings.

“What a unique way to express the oneness of sameness of mankind, but also the diversity that crazy or patchworks people would exemplify,” she said. “And, so the patchworks people theme developed.”