Our Gallery Artists were given the challenge to come-up with a work inspired by the “curbside” practice currently adopted in our daily lives due to Covid-19.
...In this series, the fragmented images present a moment of assumed accuracy, and yet they are indicative of the fragmented pieces of our world as viewed from my "pandemic bubble"...
"My love for the Strand Bookstore (828 Broadway NYNY) knows no bounds. I’ve spent countless hours enjoying every nook and cranny, every stack and cart in the place, and countless dollars on its offerings. I chose to honor this hallowed place by commemorating a specific experience [...] a source of my own inner monologue. For me, the combination of the bag and book embodies the Strand experience".
My piece, To Go, consists of a bag that I received after ordering food from one of my favorite local restaurants. A receipt was stapled to the front of the bag, which gave me the idea for this piece. I added an additional 2,124 staples to the bag making it merely impossible to open. The staples are a visual representation of all the restaurants that could potentially close by the end of the year if we are unable to find a way to support these spaces and the people working there.