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Project Illumination: Exploring Art and Community

  • Sunday, May 21, 2023
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Green Hedges School and Zoom

Project Illumination: Exploring Art and Community

Project Illumination is a series of 10 large-scale multimedia paintings created by artist Girasol O’Neill with local immigrant groups over the past year. Authentic representation and presence of immigrant experiences are the core of this series. To navigate how complex, and at times contradictory, our stories are, the pieces were divided into two categories: a bustling butterfly community mural, and 9 intimate portraits of real families and individuals. The mural and portraits will be exhibited together from June 17th-September 1st at Gallery 3700 in Arlington, Virginia. This project is completely funded by the Artists Working to Address and Reimagine Equity (AWARE) Grant from Arlington Commission of the Arts. 

Artist Bio: Girasol O’Neill is a painter and human rights activist based in the DC metro area. The intersection between his trans and immigrant identities fuels his desire to connect with others by creating social and politically themed art. Emotional exchange between his pieces and viewers is central to his practice, which he facilitates by fusing realistic forms with vibrant and surreal imagery.

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