This year I was blessed to spend time in Arizona on the Navajo Reservation with Chip Thomas who is the founding director of the Painted Desert Project.
His mission is to connect public artists with communities through mural opportunities on the Navajo Reservation.
to read more about this mural please click HERE
Celebrate People’s History is a project created by Just Seeds Print Collective. This winter I was asked to participate by creating a poster about a significant event in history that was something to be celebrated. I chose to create work around the successful fight to protect the Niyamgiri Hills from extractive industry.
In 2013, the Supreme Court of India ruled in favor of the Dongria Kondh Tribe citing the Forest Rights Act of 2006 which requires prior & informed consent from Indigenous communities regarding their resources. When consulted, the tribe unanimously rejected the mining corporation Vedanta Resource’s proposal to decimate their sacred mountain Niyam Raja in order to extract bauxite ore for their illegal aluminum refinery. In January 2014, the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change officially refused clearance for the mine.
This ended an 8 year battle to protect their home in an important victory for indigenous sovereignty worldwide.
Vedanta Resources continues to face fierce resistance everywhere it attempts to exploit communities and harm the environment. As the tide rises, it also shifts towards climate justice.
I have a daily studio practice of drawing, painting and screen printing.
Some of the work is destined for the street and some for private collections & gallery shows.
click through each painting to learn more about it's content.
Yusra Mardini is a Syrian Athlete who, at the age of 17 years old saved a boat full of 20 refugees including herself and her sister by swimming for three hours in the Agean Sea; pulling the boat to safety at their destination in Greece. She swam with the team of Refugees from around the world in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Her motto: NEVER GIVE UP
"Never GIve Up"
mixed media on wood
4' x 6'
This mural was painted as part of the Not A Crime Campaign in Harlem at PS92 which is located at 222 W 134th St. It is dedicated to the literary activist, Marley Diaz, who at 11 years old created a campaign to increase access to literature featuring african american girls as the protagonist. Her campaign is called #1000BlackGirlBooks
Lmnopi has been making her appearance on the streets of NYC since 2009. Please be patient while we work to organize the chaos of documentation into something coherent for the viewer. Currently, this is in no particular chronological order. Check back soon as we develop this new website!
If you are a street art photographer and have any great photos of my work, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to share the images. I will give you photo credit.
*Lmnopi - Dec 18th 2017
I painted this mural in 2014 in honor of Ta'kaiya Blaney who is an Indigenous Youth activist. She is also a talented singer songwriter and actor as well as a scholar and an advocate for protecting land, water and cultural practices. She is from the Tla’Amin First Nation.
Click through the evolve photo for more information about the history of the mural and the way she has evolved over the years.
This page is a work in progress.... Please check back soon as I gather images and write about each mural. thanks for visiting!
In 2014 I was invited to participate in the O + Festival in Kingston, NY by painting a mural on Keegan Ales.
Pretty Nose was a Cheyenne Woman who lived near Fort Keogh in 1878. How she ended up there is unclear, but by piecing together historical accounts, we can sketch out a likely route.
In 1876, the Battle of Greasy Grass, otherwise known as the Battle of Little Big Horn took place very close to Fort Keogh in what is present day Montana. In that battle, the Cheyenne joined the Lakota and Arapaho to defeat Custer. After this defeat, the various groups disbanded as there was not enough grass to sustain their collective horses.
What transpired following this dispersal was years of battling attempts to forcibly relocate the tribes to reservations. It is unclear which band Pretty Nose was part of, but judging by her location in the year 1878 at Fort Keogh, it seems likely that she was with the group led by Little Wolf. However, she could also have been among the group that was imprisoned for a time at Fort Robinson with Red Cloud, who was released and allowed to go join the other Cheyenne at Fort Keogh in that same year.
The figures to the right and left of Pretty Nose in the mural are inspired by the Unity Riders, a contemporary group of Dakota people who make pilgrimages across the US & Canada on horse back as a prayer of Peace and Unity. Each winter, they travel 300 miles to the site of the largest mass execution in US History, which took place in 1862 when Abraham Lincoln ordered 38 Dakota warriors be simultaneously hung in Davenport, Iowa, for war crimes.
Learn more about this yearly pilgrimage here: Dakota 38 + 3
This mural was conceived of and inspired by the stories and journeys of these people and in remembrance of the history of First Nation people which is not taught in American or Canadian schools.
Further impetus for painting this mural was derived by the desire to give respect to Indigenous Women from the past and up into the present day and onwards into the 7th generation because they often go unrecognized in favor of their male counterparts. Major love and respect to the Women.
unsanctioned interventions into the public sphere
The Welling Court Mural Project began in 2009 after members of the Welling Court community met at Ad Hoc Art’s Bushwick gallery, and invited Ad Hoc Art to come up with a vision to beautify their neighborhood.
Lmnopi started participating in the project in 2010 and has painted every year since then.
This is a selection of her most recent contributions to the project. Click through each photo to learn more about the content and to see work in progress shots of each mural.
(check back soon; website currently in progress!)