Wow what a blessing. I started this iteration of the Goddezz Projekt in SoHo on June 15th to heal myself with my art, actually it wasn’t even that deep I was just happy to get out of the house. @charlesvonherrlich sent me @reframe24 contact (which I blew his text the fuck up) and @westwoodgallerynyc gave me a roller and some paint, I did my first piece on Broadway and Prince. Everything was closed and artist couldn’t get supplies, and I painted the first piece “Goddezz Imani of Beauty and Information” based on Detroit journalist and creator @thecityproper I was rusty but so energized by the hundred of artists out there putting their soul into the streets of SoHo. It was intense and beautiful.
I thought it was very ironic that after 15 years of creating in NYC it took a whole pandemic and entire shut down to finally see my work on Broadway. I met photographer Damion King @ishot_this that day and he told me about plywood boards being up all over Mercer Street and that it was safe. Some kid aka @amir.diop99 walked by and said “yo that shit is fire!” (still my favorite compliment). @cocktailguide came and rooted me on. The next day I borrowed paint from #Kevin after a visit with my fam at @maxfishbar and headed to Mercer Street and I just started painting, I never stopped. I did a piece across from Amir and we have been painting daily ever since, we are even painting today.
On July 4 I met @lightnoise, @Brendantmcnally, and @Sulecantcook. On the 5th we were sharing paint, by the 6th we located bathrooms, and by the 7th we collaborated on our first piece. About a week later we linked with @the.creator._ making pieces side my side on Crosby street. It was live, we were banging music, and I kept my cooler full of ice water, beer, and snacks for the street. We created our Street Museum filling the streets with our art, painting about 65 murals collectively among hundreds of other beautiful works by other amazing artists. After noticing that it gave people a little bit of hope -that’s it, HOPE- it healed/is healing us, and gave a sign of hope in a scary world.
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