From the Walls to the Page: The Artists of ATX Urban Art

photo by Jana Birchum, posted Mar. 24, 2023. #2 of 15 photos.

ArtsResponders COVID-19 mosaic (recycled and donated ceramic tile, glass, stone, and mirror, and with custom porcelain moments by Hope Hummingbird, 2021)

ATX Urban Art editor J Muzacz, who was part of the volunteer team behind its creation, explains: "It was created during the COVID-19 pandemic as part of a city of Austin arts and museums cultural department-sponsored initiative to commission social practice artists to create artwork and experiences in response to the pandemic in ways that people could safely socially distance and interact with. In my project, community members were asked to submit selfie photos of themselves and their families wearing their masks, to normalize and hopefully encourage this simple act to keep people safe. The imagery of an Afro-Latina peering over her mask is an amalgamation of those photos that were submitted, meant to evoke the reminder to practice safe hygiene such as recommended mask wearing in public. However the piece is ambiguous enough to inspire curiosity - is she a nurse working long hours in a hospital tending to COVID patients, or a caring mother trying to keep her children safe?"

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