SHELTER 2023: “Our Woven Story” by mixed media multidisciplinary artist Maxwell
As the winner of DATMA’s first national Request for Qualifications, mixed media multidisciplinary artist Maxwell Emcays will present Our Woven Story.
The sculpture is inspired by the visual forms of the African Baobab tree and Wampanoag Wetu structures.
Through the use of locally upcycled clothing as a primary material, textiles will embed the identity, economy, and social fabric of New Bedford’s community into the artwork.
Emcays specifically focuses on the textile industry and the new immigrants which once made the city the wealthiest in the world.
While today’s immigrants are not part of that, the stories remain similar with groups from nations like the Azores Islands, Cabo Verde, Salvador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and others seeking shelter in new communities.
The final lit piece will serve as a representation of the city’s community and culture, and intends to foster creativity, conversation, and connection among people.
Our Woven Story will be on display free and open to the public at the intersection of Route 18 and Union Street in New Bedford and is intended for visitors to walk around, through the three entrances and explore as well as using the space underneath for small gatherings or pop ups.
Route 18 and Union Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 map
Outdoors along the ferry pier
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