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City Club Mural

2017 - 2018

The Free Speech Mural Project

Screen Print (Digitally Translated and Installed Mural), 25’ x 50’

Installed at Bonfoey Gallery at 1710 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio (August 2018)

I was selected as one of three finalists in the City Club of Cleveland’s 2017 mural competition - culminating in a series of murals installed throughout Cleveland and commissioned by The City Club to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the creation of their original “Freedom of Speech” mural painted by Elmer Brown in 1942.

With this mural design I convey the expression inherent in free speech by layering a variety of hand made mark making techniques (brush strokes, drips, and washes that are then translated into screen printing layers) and updated with a young woman as the central figure. This colorful, energetic, and vibrant design visualizes not only our citizens and community but abstracts concepts such as exchange, voicing, listening, contemplation, learning, and building.

The final piece was reworked and printed while on residency at Dundee Contemporary Arts in Scotland.

The wording included comes from the City Club of Cleveland’s creed: I am a product of the people, a cross section of the community, weak as they are weak and strong in their strength. Believing that knowledge of our failings and our powers begets a greater strength.