This past week I was invited to participate in Eastie Week, a week of open studios, art shows and events in East Boston. My trip was short - 2 1/2 days - but, in that time I created 3 new drawings and designs of East Boston women, and installed this 12x27’ wheatpaste with the help of a few great folks.
The piece is located outside of the East Boston Social Center. While working there were school kids, senior citizens, and people from all different backgrounds walking past, observing, asking questions. There were a lot of compliments and confirmations. A teen girl read the text of the piece aloud as she walked by “Women are people. Not just bodies.” and reacted with “Yes! Thank you!” A woman who works with domestic violence survivors expressed her gratitude. A woman told me that harassment in Central Square was particularly bad and she was glad to see this work in this location.
The women portrayed in this piece are East Boston residents. Because this was such a quick trip, someone else conducted the interviews with them for me before I arrived. I completed the drawings and designs just 24 hours before this piece was installed.
A big thank you to Wendy, Marie, Laura, and Brandie for all of their help in putting this together.