Habitat for Humanity Mural

In September, 2015 I was given the opportunity to paint a mural for Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit ecumenical Christian ministry which builds homes for people in need. I was thrilled to participate and support an organization that plays a vital role in the community that I am a part of. 

The mural was developed to represent Habitat during its time playing host for SiTE:LAB's Rumsey Street Project in Art Prize 2015. Art Prize is an international art competition in Grand Rapids, MI which brings lots of creatives and art enthusiasts into the city for a few weeks. The occasion had Habitat seeking a visual representation of their organization which would connect with the atmosphere of this celebration of the arts.

The colors and forms used in this mural were drawn from the Habitat for Humanity logo.

This project was very exciting for me; it fulfilled my dream of bringing paint off of the canvas. Working on a rough cinder block wall was completely different than the smooth surface of canvas or paper that I'm used to. It took more than one stroke to cover the prickly wall, which changed the speed and hand of the painting. Not only did the surface prove a challenge, but the space around it did as well. I wasn't simply responding to my own marks, but the landscape of the building and the physical impending elements. Pipes, light sockets, and preexistent and markings all played a part in the composition of the mural. 

It was great to work with Habitat and experience the setting of the SiTE:LAB's Rumsey Street Project in progress. If you'd like to learn more about Artprize, you can find information here