1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?
The new installation which is called ENJOY THE SILENCE, will consist of over 5,000 hand cut paper circles, which are hand painted and attached to the walls. The number of circles, or "eyes" as I call them, will surround the viewer and fill the space as much as possible. The concept of the eyes is to evoke the feelings of paranoia and the general sensation of being watched. Currently, this feeling has become an issue with the new bathroom controversy all across the US.
This installation will be created on site at Materials for the Arts in Long island City. The official opening will be on Oct 20th from 6-8pm. I will be giving a small artist talk to go over the bathroom controversy and hopefully open up a conversation about bathroom fears and issues.
2. How do you think this project will impact the community?
I can only my hope installation ENJOY THE SILENCE, brings up the conversation of gender neutral bathrooms. Currently, there are 1.4 million transgender people living all over the US and even thought I may not be one, I can certain understand the feeling of awkwardness and feeling unwelcome while in a public restroom. I hope my installation can illustrate that to the viewers and those who decide to walk into and use the public bathroom at Materials for the Arts.
3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?
QCA help has been completely instrumental in this entire process. Having a laid out budget, spreadsheet, and a solid plan to follow made me think of this whole process as a job or mini company I was starting. Sure it is about art and making an installation but it put everything in a very professional context. In many ways it reminded me of the NYFA Boot Camp of 2010 i did but with an actual goal/project in mind. The best part is, now I can share my experience with the entire borough of Queens.
4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about you as an artist and your process?
I am a mixed-media artist who lives and works in New York. I received my BFA from Parsons School of Design and was awarded residencies at Material for the Arts (New York), the Vermont Studio Center (Vermont), and Aljira Center for Contemporary Art (New Jersey). Over the years I have been lucky enough to have had exhibitions at Materials for the Arts (New York), Queens Museum of Art (New York), and the 2011 Biennial at El Museo del Barrio (New York).