Home: The Present, The Process, The Future
While creating this work, I witnessed my own personal journey to discover a new environment – a new future. At the beginning of the mural, I am standing alone in my present-day community, looking up toward this new future. The Caribbean, and all of the Americas, is a rich melting pot of cultures, languages, and traditions. My vision, manifested at the end of the mural on the second floor, is of a community united in understanding, identity, knowledge, equality, and energy. This mural is quite simply an aspiration and a wish to feel at home within a community that shares a common sense of equality, thought, and harmony.
Location: Inter America Development Bank
Headquarters, Washington DC
photo credit: Sergio Gonzalez
Acrylic on Dry Wall
9 Feet x 15 Feet
Location: Perez Art Museum Miami
"Compendious" ( 2019) is about self-discovery, I am removing the landscape and focusing on the beings, which makes me feel as ease as if I am not shouting " I am from the Caribbean!" I am curious about what happens when you remove the landscape. It feels as though landscape indicates a cultural identity. I believe it can become distracting, understanding where figures are located and where they are from. How do they relate to space? What is the connection to space? Does this space exist?
I hope in the future that I do not have to always show that I am from the Caribbean. I want to remove the cliche and stereotypes from the figures, therefore removing the space around them and making it neutral. The hair and strange devices are connected to them because I see them as special creatures and I feel as though the Caribbean is a very interesting, magical place. I am tired of this cliche that defines who we are. The Caribbean is full of layers and complexity, but the figure itself is complex as well.
6TH Avenue Corridor Bus Shelter Art Project
Des Moines, Iowa (February 4, 2020) – The 6th Avenue Corridor Urban Neighborhood Main Street Program and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation have selected contemporary artist Sheena Rose for the 6th Avenue Corridor Bus Shelter public art project. This project is being implemented in collaboration with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) as part of a larger streetscape project. The 6th Avenue Corridor (6AC) is the longest and most environmentally sustainable streetscape project undertaken to date in the City of Des Moines.
The 6AC Bus Shelter Art Project will realize a series of seven designs digitally embedded into the glass panels of each bus shelter. The objective of this series is to create a collection with a common theme and inspiration to establish a distinct visual identity for transit in the 6th Avenue Corridor district. Each shelter structure features five glass panels and the designs will expand across the surface of each panel. In total, twelve bus shelters will be installed in three phases along this 1.2- mile district stretching from the Des Moines River Bridge south to Interstate 235.
“Public art, when most successful, is about taking risk,” remarked M. Jessica Rowe, Director of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (GDMPAF), who led the art selection process. “GDMPAF has a track record of infusing innovative practices, new methods, perspectives, technologies, and fresh ideas into public art processes.”
To achieve the 6AC’s unique vision, a 12-member art selection committee was formed. It consisted of art, architecture, design and music professionals, artists, community & business leaders, neighborhood stakeholders, and commissioning agency representatives. Through a rigorous review process, the committee evaluated a large pool of eligible local, national and international artists. The committee prioritized artists whose work elevated creativity and enhanced urban identity by using criteria that included:
Artistic excellence is evidenced by images of past projects.
Professional qualifications and experience.
Demonstrated ability to successfully complete public art projects of similar scale, scope, and budget.
Three accomplished artists were chosen as finalists and commissioned to create and present their design concepts. In December 2019, the artist Sheena Rose was awarded the art commission for her concepts. In the first quarter of 2020, the artist be will develop her design concepts for fabrication and integration into the walls of the bus shelters.