For the second year in a row, I was selected by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to participate in the annual Elevate Public Art Festival in the Fall of 2019. This year, I was assigned the role of signage artist for the Pyramid Project – a reimagining of a local corner store in the Pittsburgh neighborhood in Southwest Atlanta. Working alongside the project curator, store owner, an interior designer, and a carpenter, I created a logo, a mural, and new signage for the Pyramid Grocery store.
The Pyramid Food Gallery re-imagines a black owned community grocery store and examines how art and design can transform the way a community experiences space. The aim of the project is to confront issues of food deserts by re-imagining a local corner store as a source of fresh food as well as a space of beauty.
This project was especially meaningful to me because I know firsthand the power that good nutrition has in making a positive impact in people’s lives. As someone with a chronic digestive disorder, I suffer when I can’t access fresh, quality food. I believe that good nutrition is a basic human right, and goes hand-in-hand with quality of life. Everyone should have the option to make healthier choices, no matter their economic status or locale.