Excerpt from the article "Even Unfinished, the New Bay Bridge Inspires Artists" by Reyhan Harmanci:
The occasion for the gathering was a show at Electric Works titled “Approach, Transition, Touchdown: The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Project,” by Amanda Hughen and Jennifer Starkweather. The collection of vivid prints and works on paper, depicting aspects of both the new and old Bay Bridges in precise lines and colorful paint blots, is the third collaboration in a running partnership between the two artists, who also work independently.
The pair have also made data-inspired, maplike (yet still abstract) pieces dealing with the history of Market Street as well as a series depicting seven airports across the country. Initially, they intended to work on prints of a range of Bay Area bridges. But the Bay Bridge — the old part, which turned 75 this month, and the new construction, with its size, scope and design elements — has claimed their attention for over two years.
Starkweather called it “a powerful structure, and a powerful metaphor” and said that it fit well into the women’s overarching interest in how built environments interact with the natural world.