My current work synthesizes years of artistic exploration in many mediums and incorporates my background studying and working in urban environments and for social justice. This series of abstract mixed-media fabric collages is based on redlining maps from the 1930's.
Under the guise of helping the depression-era economy, redlining was a racist practice of mapping cities to identify high-risk areas for bank lending. In fact, this served to further isolate and impoverish minority communities. Redlining, created almost 100 years ago, continues to have devastating effects.
The process of building the multiple layers of these mixed-media maps requires a slow and contemplative study of each city. The pace of the process of layering that includes drawing, hand dying, hand stitching, machine stitching, painting, and print making gives me time to reflect on each block, neighborhood, and city. By focusing on cities where I have lived, I am able to explore the specific implications of the damage that redlining caused and continues to cause to these people and communities.
Red Stain on Philadelphia 21" x 22"
Red Stain on San Diego 16.5" x 13.5"
Red Stain on San Francisco 33" x 25"
Another Red Stain on Philadelphia 11" x 18", NFS
Red Stain on Boston 24" x 27"
Red Stain on Brooklyn 25" x 28.5"
Red Stain on Albany 20" x 21"
Example of Framing Style
To see original Home Owners' Loan Corporation
To see ArcGIS maps showing modern maps with historic redlining information