GLIMPSE EVERYDAY ITEMS SERIES
Our mission: To transform boring everyday items into pieces of hope and connection among strangers.
What is it?: I created the Glimpse Everyday Items Series as a way to combat the barrage of hate and divisiveness happening right now. With so many people feeling ostracized and marginalized, I wanted to do something to show my support and solidarity, and to focus on the hope and connection we share.
I took simple everyday items we come into contact with here in New York City, and kept their format, but completely transformed their content. For example, instead of a subway service poster telling you about delays, it would contain a poem celebrating what makes New York truly great; the diversity of its people. My hope is that anyone feeling hurt, alone, or like they don't belong right now, will see this project and feel a sense of connection.
Item #1 Subway Service Posters. The first item is something everyone living in New York is familiar with. The dreaded MTA service change posters. Seeing these usually means delays, being late for work, and general annoyance. Based on their original color scheme and design, I created a poster for every lettered train, and instead of listing track work or delays, I shared a poem from Glimpse or an original work. I wanted to share the sense of hope and connection Glimpse is based on.
The subway is where you can see what makes New York, New York; it's dazzling variety of people. It's where, for a short time, people from almost every country in the world sit and share space together. I know there are a lot of people feeling ostracized and marginalized right now, and I wanted to do something to recognize them, and to show my solidarity in a place we all converge.
Hopefully, people will approach them with the usual anger and annoyance, only to leave pleasantly surprised, and maybe look around at their fellow New Yorkers with a little more shared pride, and maybe even give a little love to the subway service that gets us to where we need to go in this incredible city.