In December 2016, I was awarded a Su Casa residency Grant through the NYC Department Of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council On The Arts. This particular grant places artists in senior Centers throughout the boroughs of New York City. My residency at Corona Senior center in Queens, lasted for about four months. During this time, I got to know the residents and the center quite well. In many of my personal interactions with residents, stories were shared about the past, about childhood memories, about families. I noticed that the need to belong or speak about their family ties was also expressed in the way the residents interacted with one another and the friendships they have developed at the center.
Working at the cafeteria where about 200 seniors gather on a daily basis to exercise, eat and play, I was inspired to create a site specific permanent artwork
that speaks to the resident’s individual and communal identity. Where do they come from? What brought them here? Is this place like Home for them?
Inspired by women’s work and the love of many of the female residents of crocheting, sewing and embroidery, fabric was chosen as the medium to explore their issues. We worked together on genealogy charts and created individual quilted portraits for each participating resident. I would like to invite all of you to view The quilted portraits on display and share with them what these portraits represent to each resident’s journeys as their ties to their current community.
Corona Senior Center will be holding a special Father's Day celebration in which we will be sharing our artworks.
Date: Thursday, June 15th
Location: Corona Senior Center, 108-74 Roosevelt Avenue Queens NY 11368, (718) 639 - 2000
I would like to acknowledge and express my gratitude to the following organizations: The NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The NYC Department Of Aging, Queens Council On The Arts and Material For The Arts.