Welcome To America: In Memoriam

Submitted by Jenni Belotserkovsky

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Client: Social Justice Organization

Location: Burlington, VT, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $500

Project Team

Artist

James Gerstman

Artist

Aaron Scoti

Artist

Jenni Belotserkovsky

Overview

This project is a marquee to a memorial. The current sculpture has a dimension of 23″ x 22″ x 22″. The materials are concrete, steel and plaster cast. This project is a marquee for a 5' x 5' x 7' memorial. I am currently seeking commissions for the large scale project.

Goals

The integration of design was tremendously important for this project. The memorial had to convey not only despair and helplessness but also a clear picture of being incarcerated.

Process

I received a grant for building the marquee from a social justice organization, they also helped me find a fiscal sponsor for grant application purposes. When I started building the marquee I received help from my husband, who is also an artist and a fellow friend and artist who helped me welding the project together.

Additional Information

As an artist and activist, I feel the need to thoughtfully engage the viewer and encourage them to stand against injustice and inhumane conditions. I am merging activism with my art as we are at a point in history where we cannot stand merely by as passive onlookers anymore. I am still seeking funding, ideally a commission for the large scale memorial. My marquee is currently in an exhibition in Connecticut.