Walking Like an Egyptian
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In 2014 the Provost at Calarts, Jeannene Przyblyski, created Some Place Chronicles as a vehicle to seek funding for various community arts projects. The first grant that came through was from the office of the Supervisor of Los Angeles County, District 2, and was to support five community making projects in several unincorporated areas of the district. I became involved, and opted to work with the community of East Rancho Dominguez, a small residential area east of Compton. Throughout the next couple of years I spent a good deal of time with a group of long-term residents, attending meetings and social events, building trust and interviewing people. My assistants, Kate Kendall and Lucia Prancha also took photographs and made videos. In addition I spent hours reading through archived editions of the Compton Herald at the library of CalState Dominguez Hills, learning about the development of the area in the 30s through the 60s. The ultimate goal was to produce five separate volumes, and the designer Anther Kiley was brought on board to provide an overall template, with graduate students working on individual books. In the end I wrote a personal essay accompanied by some of my own photographs and drawings, as well the images made by Kate and Lucia. The series was finally published in collaboration with EastofBorneo Books .
In the spring of 2021 I was invited to submit a proposal for a mural in the planned Rodeo Drive station on the Metro Purple Line. The space I was to consider was on an upper level of the station, and called for three long segments. The deadline for submission was tight, a matter of months. Walking around Beverly Hills, and riding the existing Metro I came up with a plan that incorporated some local architectural details with pictures of everyday subway riders. I was pleased with the result, but didn’t win the commission.