New York-based artist, Scherezade is creating a large-scale, multimedia
installation that will open at the Lehman College Art Gallery on October
17 and run through December 15. The reception will take place on November
9 from 5:00-7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.
Scherezades installation is inspired by the hopes and dreams of
the close-knit Dominican communities of New York City where she finds
endless complexity in the process of assimilation. The installation examines
the issue of what really defines home and national identity and it explores
the expectations of finding a paradise on new soil with its promise for
In the installation, soft sculptures resembling tents are lighted from
within and serve as a metaphor for hearth and home as well as transience.
Their outer surfaces are printed with images of the city and graffiti-like
drawings. Religious and cultural symbols are also incorporated into the
drawings along with glimpses of tropical landscapes. The rich diversity
of the Dominican people is evident in the printed imagery. Sounds of the
city and home conversations mingle and emerge from within the sculptures.
The work evokes memories of another time and place and alludes to the
larger, universal saga of the immigrant experience.
Preparatory drawings and studies will accompany the installation. The
exhibition will also include La Gloriosa", an animated video
that references merengue and island
exhibition is made possible in part with grants from the New York State
Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.