One Vanderbilt, 67th Floor New York
"Melanctha" Commissioned by Lendrum Fine Art, Inc. 2021
Melanctha means 'resembling the black flower in ancient Greek. I was inspired by the expression "bloom where you're planted" as it means that a person should take advantage of the opportunities they have in their life and be grateful for the present situation.
The Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center at the University of Oregon 2019
The center is named after alumna and civil rights activist Ms. Lyllye Reynolds-Parker.
"Between Dusk and Dawn/Night Sanctuary"and "Ancestral Roots/Daughter of the Baobab" (both from the "In Between" series were acquired by the University.
"Between Dusk and Dawn/Night Sanctuary" was inspired in part by Langston Hughes "..Night comes on gently, Dark like me...".
"Ancestral Roots/Daughter of the Baobab" illustrate the fact that this tree inspires and encourage us to be strong, to not lose hope, even in trying times.
VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio, Texas 2018-2019
Arrangement of 8 laser-cut metal panels within the bus shelter windscreen. Military Drive
"Let's play/ Vamos a jugar"
La Lotería is a popular Mexican game of chance. I am sure the entire generations have enjoyed getting together and playing la Lotería. It is a game but also a transmission of heritage. Older people will come out with a familiar story or proverb that is associated with each card. It can also be used to teach children, above all if they do not speak the language. They can ask to see the card and at the same time learn basic words.
The cards show the richness of Mexican culture through symbolic objets that are shared in other cultures. I can see an elder with a young child waiting fo the bus, the elder telling a story about one of the card.
Arrangement of 3 laser-cut metal panels within the bus shelter windscreen. Zarzamora Street.
"The Tree of Life / El Arbol de la Vida"
Family is a very important institution. The tree is a symbol of life, family and connection to the elders:
-family through its complex system of branches
- the generations as a tree emerges from a seed, develops and expends creating a new fruit that gives life to the next generation
Trees, like family, should be respected as both are the essence of life. The motifs around the tree are both fruits and fireworks as a sign of happiness and celebration. I would like the passengers waiting in the shelter to feel it is a serene place and be able to contemplate the neighborhood while knowing we are all interconnected.
MTA NEW YORK CITY TRANSIT AUTHORITY 2015-2017
16 stainless steel panels placed within each station platform windscreen frame openings. Fabricator: Kammetal.
"Paroles Vagabondes/Wisdom Along the Way"
The work acknowledges and mirrors the rich cultural heritage of the surrounding communities. The neighborhood is home to many Caribbean (Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti, Barbados, Puerto Rico) and African American communities.
People have transplanted themselves and their cultures to Brooklyn in many ways.
To represent the unique cultural fingerprints, I choose to use proverbs in the artwork to represent the culture along with illustrations and background pattern. The sayings bring a sense of personal pride and commonality amongst the fellow voyagers from different parts of the world The artwork panels also are interactive like reading a storybook.
Both station are on the 3 train line in Brooklyn.
Reflection in the 3 train window
A small house will hold a hundred friends African proverb
NEMOURS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL 2012
Orlando, Florida 2012 Commissioned by Distinctive Art Source
Acrylic on canvas, 36x48" Installed outside the entrance to the playroom
International Terminal D, Gate D21-22, Inside Security, Dallas, Texas 2005
20 foot diameter floor medallion - Glass mosaic floor inlays - Fabricator: Franz Mayer of Munich
This is a celebration of the human spirit and an invitation to spread harmony all over the world. The dove, universal symbol for peace, is in the center (as in a traditional patchwork pattern) and is found again at the four cardinal points in a variation of styles: African, South American, European and Asian.
Cultures are also represented by diverse patterns from top to bottom: Celtic, African (Kuba, Congo), Japanese (Seigaiha), Native Indian (Hohokam) and Greek.
The world to me is like a patchwork: it needs different shapes, colors, sizes and interaction among the people to exist. If one piece is missing, the unity is broken.