A new mural series supporting Asian American artists and charities has been launched at Brooklyn's Industry City.
Home is Inside You features solo mural installations by artists Jia Sung and Jocelyn Tsaih, along with existing installations by Amrita Marino, and several others.
As part of the show, each artist has chosen a nonprofit organization to support through signage placed near works of art, including Heart of Dinner, a NY-based non-profit organization focused on delivering meals to Asian elderly, selected by Jia Sung; Cut Fruit Collective, a West Coast-based non-profit that supports Chinese businesses in the Bay Area, selected by Jocelyn Tsai; and Sakhi NYC, a NY-based non-profit focused on fighting domestic violence against South Asian women, selected by Amrita Marino.
The installation series, hosted by Industry City's arts initiative The Collision Project, started with the question "What does home mean to you?"
Sung's mural draws on motifs from Chinese mythology, Buddhist iconography and the visual language of folklore as a tribute to the inherited stories that fuel her work.
Tsaih's mural installation titled "After The Rain" shows figures gathering amongst flowers blooming under rain drops, symbolizing a celebration of coming together after a prolonged period of isolation. The artwork, created in collaboration with Industry City tenant Fabberz, responsible for the 3D fabrication on the project, is intended to remind spectators of the lightness that comes after darkness and the importance of both our vulnerabilities and our resiliencies, as individuals and as a community.
The series was originally planned for the spring/summer season of 2020, but postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Industry City's Director of Marketing and Community Engagement Cristal Rivera said her team was grateful to be working with the artists and for their partnership in bringing attention to the work of the nonprofit organizations.
"Art has the power to capture culture in a unique way, and we are honored to work with these talented artists to share their work and message with our audience," she said.
Industry City's Head of Design and Art Production Haoran Chen The Collision Project was delighted to work with such a talented group of artists hailing from the AAPI community, "whose diverse body of work across mediums adds to the cultural vibrancy of the campus."