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Pau: It Is Only And Ever Heart Work

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Pau leaned forward in the backseat of my friend Will’s car on the way to Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, chatting with me about ideas for my residency at Parlor Gallery, photographing women at home.

“There’s a word in German that doesn’t translate to English—called “heimat.” … It is when your heart feels at home.”

The phrase was like a memory recall. I immediately remembered the feeling I get when I’m floating in the ocean, sitting upstairs at McGrath’s, watching a band that I love play, laying on the couch with Will eating tacos, the smell of my parent’s house, scream singing Debra by Beck in the middle of a bar, walking down the hallway of the apartment I just left in Harrisburg, a hug from a close friend, watching Jill cook breakfast…

Whelp. I think I might need to do a second part to this project.

About a month or so later, at the end of her time here, Pau and I sat on the boardwalk watching the ocean. She said that the old Pau died when she arrived in Asbury this time and a new Pau was born. And I don’t know entirely what that meant for her, but I believe her… and I’m thankful to have been there with her when she was feeling new again.

“It is only and ever heart work,” she said.

Pau, doing the work—finishing up some really beautiful pieces and visiting her murals on the boardwalk one last time before flying away. Asbury Park, NJ. June, 2018.

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Sprocket Mural Works: Harrisburg Mural Fest

(Story originally published in The BURG)

“It was an event like central PA had never seen before.

Over the course of 10 days last month, more than a dozen murals were created as part of the Harrisburg Mural Fest. Sprocket Mural Works asked local, national and even international artists to paint murals in Shipoke, downtown and Midtown Harrisburg, supplementing the projects with several mural-themed social and educational events. It all ended with a tremendous block party on State Street.

In this photo feature, photographer Dani Fresh shows us some of these stunning works of art, captured during and soon after their creation.” (Lawrance Binda)

There are probably thousands of images of these newly painted, beautiful walls. And hot dog, they are wildly beautiful walls and wonderful perspectives. But the most striking thing about the Harrisburg Mural Fest was the profound willingness of artists to invite an entire city to be a part of the process of creating art. It is brave, vulnerable, and sweet—and it is one thing to say that murals are tools for civic engagement; it is another to witness it on such a grand scale.

These images are a collection of gestures and moments that exist between working diligently, talking to and engaging with people passing by, teaching and guiding students and eager community volunteers, and eventually, the triumphant finish of a long project.

http://www.sprocketmuralworks.com/

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