For the Providence Architecture Project, each textiles Junior must select a piece of architectural work/building/house etc that displays Providence in a historical context. Fascinated by subculture and Providence's underground DIY printmaking art scene, I picked Atlantic Mills as my initial focal point for the Providence Architecture Project. These mills, which are located in a lower income neighborhood of Olneyville, house many artists who are able to live freely in a cheaply affordable area; I was very much inspired by a recent Printmaking alumni who had moved out there to make his own art.
However with this idea of middle class people who move into these much impoverished areas, a rift in class divide is only deepened; Ideas of gentrification and class disparity become evident as more and more people who can actually afford to have higher rents purposely choose a place that is intended for families or people who can only afford the bare minimum.
As for the prints themselves, I drew inspiration from the Fort Thunder movement, which was a group of art school drop outs including Brian Chippendale who decided to move to Eagle Sqaure, another low income area, and inhabit an abandoned mill space and set up their own DIY screen printing facility and performance space. This prosperous nature of regeneration that the old textile mills used to possess is the same energy what I tried to approach with these prints. I was interested in using a completely additive process (and to even attempt to complete the repeat) in which I aim to capture the spirit that is Fort Thunder.