Even in a small city like Savannah, it is easy to drive through a neighborhood everyday and never really see it. I don’t think you can ever really experience a place until you touch it and engage the people who call it home. That idea was the nexus for this project.
Against formidable odds, small business owners, entrepreneurs and ambitious artisans are taking a shot at autonomy along a street that could only be accurately described as blighted, but in that, not charmless. Somehow these individuals are making a living and in many cases making a difference in the community too. One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the cultural diversity of the people I have met thus far. Asian, Sikh, Hindi, Caucasian and African-American; all are represented lending the project value not only for its artistic and humanitarian endeavors, but also as a sort of sociological exploration. It shows how individuals with specific motivations and desires can almost unwittingly form a sustainable microcosm, a symbiosis.
It has been observations like these, emanating from a life in and love for this special region that informs my art. I think the people tell the story best and that my role is to watch, learn and represent–as honestly as possible–what I see.