The second week of working on my mural has been mainly focused on research, planning logistical meetings, and developing compositional sketches.
A lot of the research I have been doing has focused around other mural arts programs in the country, and how their murals have to ability to create change in communities. I watched a great Ted Talk by Jane Golden (The Director of the Philly Mural Arts Program) about her work with Philly’s Anti-Graffiti network and how she was able to use murals to transform the city. I’ve been trying to focus a lot on the transformative nature of murals, because while I don’t think my mural will be able to create social change and really change the community (simply because I’m not trying to), I do believe that it will have the power to really define and transform the space that it is in.
I have a meeting this week to finalize plans for the space where I hope to paint the mural, and hopefully after that I will be able to begin painting. The picture I have attached is of an unfinished acrylic study I did this week really focusing on the dancer and the transformation. I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to stick with the tree, but I really love the movement and power that the dancers will be able to convey.
Until next week,