Margaret Nielsen’s mural presents a chronicle of Los Angeles history, primarily through images of antique postcards which take us to a different time and place. Other painted elements, including a map, souvenir items (cups and hats), a pencil and a giant snow dome bring levels of meaning about history, location, and communication to the composition as a whole.
“For visitors and residents alike, souvenirs and postcards preserve the history of the city. Via humor and documentation, they evoke feelings and recollections of aspects of the city that have long since changed as well as those that have remained with us through the years.”
About the Artist
MARGARET NIELSEN was born in Alberta, Canada and received a Fine Arts degree from Cal Arts and a Masters in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. She has taught at Otis Art Institute, as well as Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Nielsen has a humorous and quirky approach to historic and found material which she recomposes into provocative images. She has consistently exhibited her work throughout the region and abroad.