In 2021 I began working in the realm of public art. As an artist that primarily works inside, alone in the studio, having the chance to work outside, with the public able to watch my progress and interact with me in real-time, is a welcome change of pace. After the tumultuous and isolating year of 2020, the start of my public art presence seems perfectly timed.
Having lived down in Richmond, Virginia for five years––a city rich with murals and a vibrant public arts scene––I was always intrigued by the idea of participating myself. So when, in December 2020, I was approached with my first offer, painting electrical boxes in the town of Haverhill, MA, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to start my journey.
As I studied education and museum studies in school, I increasingly realized the inaccessibilities of so much of the artistic realm. Though I think many institutions are making efforts to break these barriers down, the historical presence of them is a lasting legacy. However, with an increased presence of art in public spaces, there are no gates that need to be removed; this art is made amongst the people, with the people, for the people. And I am thrilled to be a part of it.