Washington Heights is a place where concrete streets are stained with flavorful texture filled with the color, music, and nostalgia of island living. These stains seem very ordinary; a group of women in a salon with rolos, tubis, and blown out hair drinking beer and gossiping about the next door neighbor, the pastelito and johnny ke-ke man selling deep fried snacks in the corner to families that pass by, the old woman from apartment 4B selling stolen plastic accessories to pay for bingo matches. These small performances of daily life represent my personal lineafe, and those of the people who grew up in Washington Heights.
People of Washington Heights
Darted and hand sewn cotton canvas,hand painted and appliqued canvas with hand embroidered colored yarns.
Washington Heights Performance
Screen printed cotton canvas, appliqued canvas with hand embroidered colored yarns
Washington Heights Graffiti
Canvas was stuffed with polyester stuffing, then the canvas was spray painted. The stuffed canvas was then reverse appliqued to crafts foam.
ALL PHOTOGRAPHY WAS TAKEN BY CHRISTIAN RODRIGUEZ.
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY MODELS, ARSHLEY OSORIO, ANA DELIA CHECO, AND DANIEL BRITO MINO