Inside/Outside: Work from Intersections

A solo exhibition by Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh

You can view the exhibition in person at the Sleeth by appointment only or click HERE to view the exhibition digitally.

Join us for an artist talk via Zoom on Thursday, November 19 at 7pm (eastern time). Click HERE to sign up!


Inside/Outside is a series of four handmade natural object vignettes contained in acrylic cubes placed off the north side of Berryman Path in Live Oak Park just below Oxford Street. Like a game of I Spy, the four pieces hide from view in plain sight. They reflect the tension between real and make believe, what is indigenous and what is imported, and what is accessible and what is constrained. The distinct feeling of being boxed in and isolated from our surroundings over the last six months of the pandemic emerges from the pieces as well.

Dawline-Jane first visited this site in late February, just as the new Berkeley spring bloom burst forth. The creek was flowing, the trees were budding, and the new plant growth exploding. Now as the seasons shift into fall, the tone of the pieces is a bit different. Instead of budding life, they suggest a closing in and preparing for the next phase of growth to come.


Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh is a visual artist and illustrator whose current work is focused primarily on the shifting urban landscape. An avid observer and prolific photographer, she employs a vast catalog of visual notes and memories to create her work. A lover of materials and process, Dawline-Jane uses a range of media including relief printmaking, pen and ink, photo transfer and encaustic. She has exhibited at Oxtail Gallery, NIAD Gallery, Southern Exposure, and has been a Print Public Artist-in-Residence at Kala.

Post script for this show –

This is an expansion of the original site specific work, with photos that show context for the piece, as well as a continuation on my meditation on sheltering in place for an indeterminate amount of time. As an urban dweller with limited access to wild open spaces, I continue to grapple with the implications of being unable to visit these spaces that I love. These are both souvenirs and love letters to outside spaces.

To learn more about Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh  view her website