Mission First, MPB School Apatments Installation

  • Background:
    This site specific installation was commissioned by Mission First Housing for a renovation project in the Strawberry Mansion section of Philadelphia. Originally a parochial school, the building went through decades of repurposing and decay until Mission First purchased it to renovate for high quality, low income housing. It’s historical status prohibited the removal certain architectural elements. These elements were not in a condition suitable for renovation, so the decision was made to have them serve as a “canvas” for commissioned murals/installations.

    Adhering to restrictions on theme and materials, the piece is focused on composition, pattern, texture, and movement. Stemming from Philadelphia’s rich textile history I chose to use fabric instead of traditional paint. The flow crosses the entire “canvas”, while texture, pattern and color shift with the changes in the architecture.
  • Mood Swings, 2013
    fabric, paint, polyurethane
    Site Specific Installation
    MPB School Apartments, Philadelphia
  • Mood Swings, 2013
    Detail
    fabric, paint, polyurethane
    Site Specific Installation
    MPB School Apartments, Philadelphia

     
  • Mood Swings, 2013
    Hall view
    Site Specific Installation
    MPB School Apartments, Philadelphia
  • Work in progress by various artists
    MPB School Apartments, Philadelphia