L’Merchie Frazier, Opening Reception October 4, 2019, Galatea Fine Art
New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself
“My ongoing body of socially engaged art, New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself! responds to the power of public voice around monuments. In my Artist’s Residency with the Eliot School this year, I have wanted to connect and identify active responses about present monuments, and to gather data and opinions for possible new monuments that embody things that our youth and local communities want to remember in the spaces we occupy.
L’Merchie Frazier, Who’s In My Neighborhood, 33 x 81 in., Fabric Collage
“Using innovative fiber and mixed media art-making, I engaged diverse youth from various Boston neighborhoods who attend the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts’ Teen Bridge Program.
“The varied forms of media workshops included fabric collage, traditional marbling on fabric, 3D construction, sewing fundamentals, painting, and large scale body drawing that mirrored components of the Eliot School curriculum. These media were utilized for self-exploration, to build self-confidence, vocabulary and art skill development.
Frazier and Teen Bridge Artists, Monumental Me, 72 x 31 in., Mixed Media Collage
“Memory exercises were also used during art-making to reveal our historic past, to examine what is happening right now, and to reveal what participants understand about past images and current memorialized stories. These skills and knowledge were then utilized to reimagine public images, to examine the power of voice for a more equitable and better representative future.
Frazier and Teen Bridge Artists, Community Totem Monument, 84 x 26 x 26 in., Mixed Media Collage
“The youth team fabricated models that would serve to challenge existing public monuments and create new structural models that reflect voices of youth and people in the community. They designed visual art objects and wrote poetry to express ideas connected to themes of social justice, equity and the preservation of public memory. This project was driven by the desire to democratize our public spaces and to support spatial justice.”
– L’Merchie Frazier
Eliot School, New Urban Monuments: Stand Up Inside Yourself: October 2-27, 2019. Visit Galatea Fine Art at 460 Harrison Ave, #B-6, Boston, MA 02118, 616-542-1500. Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday 12-5pm and by appointment.
ARTIST TALK: Please join L’Merchie Frazier and her students for an Artist Talk, October 20th, 3pm at Galatea Fine Art, 460 Harrison Ave, #B-6, Boston