Thursday, April 23, 2015

MCACA grant recipient!

As awardee of a New Leaders grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), I will be able to continue a portrait documentation project showcasing everyday people from the city of Detroit.

The project, entitled Common Heroes, provides leadership and mentorship opportunities for youth in Detroit through a creative workshop and art exhibition. Starting with a focus on residents of my neighborhood of Southwest Detroit and nearby neighborhood of Del Rey, Common Heroes highlighting individual uniqueness, fosters internal pride for our city, and reminds us all that we have a purpose.

Look out for the upcoming exhibition in July 2015!

If you are interested in being a resident participant or taking part in the youth workshop, or know someone I should reach out to, please contact me at, (313) 437-2112.

Heart Cookies, 2015

This is a painting of my neighbors. They are like family. We go to their weddings, baptisms, birthdays, all of it. I love Mary because she is always laughing and always has time to talk. I went over to take her photo so I could draw a portrait, and I took a few more snapshots of the everyday moments that were happening while I was there. This is a composition made out of 4 snapshots and painted with gouache on a found scrap wood board. It is a scene showing everyday modern life at home.