Welcome to the Neighborhood
In the year and a half since I moved to Chicago, I have slowly been piecing together experiences, observations and stories to help me understand this place I now call home. What is Chicago's pace, people, culture and history? Which reminds me, you should really listen to this fascinating podcast on cities http://www.radiolab.org/story/91732-cities/ !
Recently, I got to take part in a wonderful project that helped me gain a deeper understanding of Chicago. "Welcome to the Neighborhood" was a collaboration between 1,001 Chicago Afternoons and The Anthology of Chicago on a literary event that took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art on January 20th. Local writers and poets told stories about various neighborhoods in Chicago and were paired with artists who created artwork to go along with their stories.
I was able to engage with Chicago's people, culture and history in a unique way. I pieced together images, information and stories to recreate someone else's memory of a neighborhood on Chicago's south side that I had never been to and that took place the same year that my parents turned 3 years old. Here is what I came up with:
You can read more about the event and the story that inspired my artwork in the article written by Megan Kirby in the Chicago Tribune.