53+1=54+1=55.Letter of the Year is a multimedia installation about home, migration, the necessity of finding and redefining the meaning of permanency and locality. Birdcages were used by emperors and common men to capture beauty and to dream of freedom. From Yoruba deities, to Leonardo da Vinci, to space travel today, men and women have always dreamed of flight as embodying a lightness of being.
Cartoon by: Simon Patch and Mary Sarpong
Street photographer Matt Stuart inspired me to observe the streets of city life in a different way and to approach a subject/scene unnoticed without disrupting the motions of life. But the most challenging of all was patience. Figuring out the right time to capture a moment is both exciting and challenging. Sometimes the most magical things happen and you just come back home empty handed.
Magdalene Coleman grew up in Boxford, MA and attended Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, MA. The art department at Masconomet was absolutely fantastic. My teachers believed in my artistic ability in more ways than anyone had before, that is, except for, my grandfather. Although he passed when I was only eleven years old, he urged me to keep creating and assured me that one day it would define me. I attended Montserrat College of Art in Beverly where these paintings were created.