For my senior thesis show, I decided it was time to go deeper in my homage to Boston. I have previously celebrated the city I love in my work, but this time I decided to research how the Boston of today came to be as that is the best indicator to where it is going. So began my research.
I decided to focus on select areas so that I could do justice in representing them. Once I determined the areas I decided to make “cobblestones” to tell the story visually and texturally. I researched the areas, went on numerous field trips to photograph the architecture, people, signage and whatever else spoke to me. I then transferred these articles and photos to wood pieces cut to mimic the famous cobblestone streets of Boston.
I found as is the case with all beautiful things, there is a degree of ugliness in the past.
In all major cities, the neighborhoods are constantly evolving, the question is: is it for the better?” Sometimes what looks like advancement raises the question: Is this really better than the community that already exists? This was truly exemplified in the West End. In showcasing the West End I choose to let the displaced community, which is a group of people who are dedicated to maintaining their connection to their former home, tell their own story so those cobblestones are excerpts from their newsletters.
I also created a new sculpture to represent the rise and fall of the downtown crossing area, as well as incorporating some of my iconic building sculptures in the Beacon Hill and Government Center neighborhoods.
In the piece Aignéis I sought to explore female sexuality and vulnerability. At six feet high she is a dominating figure that can't be ignored in your presence but she doesn't loom over you, instead she stands at your height an equal. She is curvaceous with pronounced hips and a dramatic torso. However if you look close her hand is covering her privates in an effort to protect her most vulnerable part. Through this balance of vulnerability, power, and sexuality I sought to express how many young women feel coming of age into their own sexuality.