Common Ground is a joint venture from father and daughter Adolfo Basa and Candice Cameron, exploring two perspectives united by a shared aesthetic ideal. The collaboration examines the influence Adolfo has had on his daughter, both in art and identity, stemming from his personal nostalgia towards childhood games and comic books. A shared fascination with the contrast between early Western and Native American cultures has allowed Adolfo's influence to bridge a thirty-seven-year gap, being contextualized and appropriated by Candice in her art practice.
Adolfo's works investigate the mythology surrounding the Cowboy, and the romantic notion of their carefree existence, alongside the rituals of the Native Americans and their understanding of the connection between humans, animals and the land. The sense of narrative in the works recalls Adolfo's early exposure to these very different cultures: “I grew up reading Zane Grey Western comics and playing Cowboys and Indians. I liked the sense of adventure and the connection to the spirit of the land."
Similarly, Candice's works display an appreciation for the same imagery and concepts that her father has introduced her too, illustrating an appreciation of Native American spirituality and their communication with the land and animals, as well as for motifs embedded within the Cowboy era. The works not only deal with these fascinations but also are linked to fond childhood memories for Candice: “Growing up I remember my dad’s pencil drawings of Native Americans, his boots and buckle collection, and the saloon style bar we had set up in our home. ”