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"Emergence" with Mending Walls
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Richmond, VA
Mending Walls’ mission is to gather artists from different cultural backgrounds in an effort to create collaborative art which sparks conversation about racism and social justice.
Myself and a group of 9 other artists worked to create a series of pieces to be hung around St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
My statement for my piece, "Emergence":
"There is spirituality in the desire to grow. This became evident while working among the people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, as they spoke about their hope to make amends for the racist history of the church. The butterfly symbolizes the beauty in wanting to acknowledge the past and move forward from hate...emerging from a place of darkness and embracing a metamorphosis towards love and acceptance.
Upon exploring the inside of the church, the image of the baptismal bowl inspired me. I thought about how being baptized represents a welcoming into the church. What if all institutions could embrace this same change...this same path to accountability...in an effort to be a welcoming and safe space for all? This piece is about using grief as fuel for growth, the goodness of change, and creating safety where safety might be lost."
To learn more about Mending Walls, please visit https://www.mendingwallsrva.com
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
I was asked to create a mural on a garden fence that was inspired by flowers, but that also stayed true to my signature graphic marks. The combination of realism and abstraction was new to me, and I walked away from the project having learned a lot.
Exhibition with Claiborne Riley at Palette Home
I was privileged to show alongside the extremely talented Claiborne Riley in a dual exhibition for Palette Home. I produced 25+ pieces for the show as well as a site-specific installation/mural.
"Windows in the Sky"
Collegiate School, Richmond, VA
This was a special project, as it took place at my alma mater. It was also the first, large-scale collaboration I have done with my sister, Anna Morgan. Anna is a multi-media sculptor and paper-maker. "Windows in the Sky" was also the first ever installation completed for Collegiate School's Alumni Artist Initiative, curated by Pam Sutherland.
As a fellow for Getaway, I created a series of 6 small pieces while living in a Tiny House in the woods for a weekend. Getaway's mission is about disconnecting, focusing on nature and celebrating the power + importance of solitude...all things I value tremendously as an artist. I was grateful to spend a few days in the woods studying my surroundings, meditating and creating.
"Growth & Change"
4 N Robinson Street, Richmond VA
I was hired by Tuck Real Estate to construct a mural on the side of a renovated Fan house. We decided that a monochromatic butterfly would suit the essence of the house nicely, as the lot quickly went from uninhabitable to a beautiful, sleek home. This mural is dedicated to everyone in their 20’s figuring it out, and to all of the inevitable growth that occurs during that time.
"It All Drains to the James"
Brown's Island, Richmond VA
"Without a clean River
Richmond wouldn't be the same
So think before you litter
It all drains to the James"
After my design was chosen by the city of Richmond and RVAH2O, I received a grant to produce a mural on a storm drain outside of Brown's Island. The goal was to encourage civilians to consider the impact of the James River and how they can prevent waste from flowing into it.
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