Purple Fiesta with Zipties

I added a zip tie blanket to Purple Fiesta and swooned. See before and after and tell me which one you like better.

Before

After

With ziptie blanket

Come see me at JCAST HQ

  • Friday (10/1) 4-7pm 
  • Saturday (10/2) 12-6pm 
  • Sunday (10/3)  12-6pm 

Come see me during at Art 150’s JCAST HQ, enter on the corner of 1st Street and Provost. Ride the elevator up to the second floor. There is lots to see and do.

I have three emotional baggage carts in Pro Art’s Reversed Engineered in the main gallery. One emotional baggage cart in Art House Production’s Renaissance. In the common area lobby you are invited to make strings of beads of recycled bottle caps and interact with my hair sculpture, All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go.

I’ll be around the corner in Studio #231, working on Crossroads Jail Net.

There is plenty to see and collect including mini-baggage carts, affordable monoprints and ice dyed & printed tote bags.

Come see me.

JC Friday: I Am My Hair

  • September 10, 2021 6:00pm – 9:00pm

On Location: Art 150; 150 Bay Street, Jersey City NJ, Studio #231

Of Friday, September 10, I’m hosting my first open studio session in 18 months.

Audience participation is encouraged. Come wrap and hitch knot yarn onto rope to become a part of a hair installation and find a common denominator amongst us all, HAIR.

We are also making strings of beads made with recycled bottle caps in the 2nd floor common area of Art 150.

NOTE: Entrance lobby for the 2nd floor studios is separate from that for the residential units of 150 Bay and can be found at the NE corner of the building, at the corner of 1st St. and Provost St.

Recycle 2021

Exhibit On View: September 12 – October 17, 2021.

In-Person Opening Reception: Sunday, September 12, 2021, 12:00pm-6:00pm

On Location: 481 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY  11231

Bottle caps, neon yellow 550 paracord, 200′ neon yellow camo 850 paracord, hollow braided polyurethane rope, solar LED rope lights, recycled Fresh Direct bag and commercial fishing net, zip ties, gold spray paint on recovered shopping cart. Photo by April Tracey

I started calling this cart Wide Load before I was even conscious of how much of my emotional baggage is tied to the food I eat.


Don’t even think of visiting my Mom without her feeding you. I can still smell , vivid memories of being punishing for not eating my food and being reminded of the starving children in Africa. A double whammy of eat and feel guilty about eating. I could go on and on…

FIF 2021: Future Is Female

On View: September 1, 2021 – September 30th, 2021

On Location: 175 Pearl St, 5th Fl Brooklyn NY

The 3rd annual Future is Female exhibit, curated by sk.Artspace, aims to shed light on black women visual artists who persevered and became activists through their personal choices. The exhibition will highlight women, like me who unapologetically live their lives through action, women who had no intention of being a person of influence, yet raised the bar to lead, even when no one was looking – the “Unsung Shereos.”

I have three emotional baggage carts in the show, including my very first, Caution Baggage Cart.

Caution Baggage Cart

While working on my first shopping cart “Caution Baggage Cart” I was thinking about the people I had lost to Covid and the inability to properly mourn socially distant. I realized I was carrying a lot of emotional baggage related to fear of loss.

The cart needed some wheel repair and rust removal. Once sanded down, I spray painted the cart with gold and bronze paint left over from a previous project. The luscious gold wefts called to Caution tape that I had just foraged from the construction site across the street. I found just the right mix of fabric, paracord and yarns to complete the weave in my remnant stash.

Mini Emotional Baggage Carts

If you do not have space for a full size emotional baggage cart, you might try on a mini baggage cart for size instead.

These will be available for sale during JCFriday …

  • Sept 10th, 2021, 6:00-9:00pm
  • 150 Bay Street, PH9 Jersey City NJ

The Baggage We Carry

If you have a car and/or reside in New Jersey, please go visit three of my shopping carts on view at Summit Village Green in Summit New Jersey. You wont be disappointed, the town has cute restaurants and bars and the Visual Arts Center of NJ to fill out your day trip itinerary .

My baggage carts will be on display through May 2022.

Let me know if you want to go and want to catch a ride, ill be going periodically to WD40 the wheels.

Shopping Cart Recovery

If you live downtown Jersey City and see a lonely shopping car lingering about, please snap and txt/DM a photo and cross streets to me.

Special Thank you Corrine. She recovered this shopping cart accumulating garbage, power-washed it in the rain and stored it in her garage for pick up.

One brisk walk through download JC and this cart has completed the first leg of it’s transformation journey…