Rainier Art Interruptions
In the spring of 2018, I was selected as one of the seven artists to create temporary art installations in the Rainier Valley Greenway by Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). To celebrate Rainier Beach, Brighton and Dunlap, I sought out the places of meaning and beauty in these neighborhoods, both through community input and my own observations. Rather than photographing the places in a formal documentary style, I created large banners resembling instant snapshots of buildings, parks, staircases, trails and street corners, with text on every image looking like do-it-yourself industrial labeling tape.
I shot the photos using a mobile phone camera and printed them on instant film using Universal Instant Lab. The images vary in color depending on the type of instant film used, from traditional color to duochrome (two-color). Then I scanned the resulting physical photographs to create the final banners. The four larger banners can be seen at the intersection of South Othello & South 45th Streets, and the five small one – at the same intersection and at the intersection of South 45th & South Webster Streets.
City Panorama is a collaborative public art project between King County Metro and Photo Center Northwest. Every year a jury selects a number of photographs to be installed on bus shelters throughout King County. My work was accepted into the program in 2014 and 2016. My photo “Gears at Rest” of the Duwamish River shoreline is installed at the intersection of Bel-Red Road & 140th Avenue Northeast in Bellevue, and “Long Beach on Lomo Red” of Washington’s longest beach – at West James Street & Lincoln Avenue North in Kent.