“Home For Now” is an ongoing series highlighting commuters who ride the Staten Island Ferry across the New York Harbor. The ferry carries passengers to and from Manhattan to Staten Island across five miles of water, 109 round trips a day, for free. A commuter can find 25 minutes of solitude, a rarity in a city that doesn’t stop moving, while sailing across the harbor – a refreshing view of the skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and sometimes a Coast Guard boat trailing not far behind. This journey brings together a diverse group of individuals, commuting for work or pleasure, in one vessel in peace, all with the same goal to get to the other side.
In a time where civil rights are at the forefront of political discourse, the Staten Island Ferry ride is a reminder of the beauty of harmony and acceptance. It is a small, yet powerful example of coexisting in a diverse society.
I had the opportunity over the weekend to present a small selection from this work at the @sidleecollective show in Soho along with other artists (incl @shawnax) to raise money for @aclu_nationwide — I'm very excited to reveal more from this project later this year.