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Neighborhood Portrait: Reconstructed,2012

This is one of twenty-four art panels created by artist Jessica Polzin McCoy for Expo/Vermont Station

Project Description

McCoy’s artwork captures the daily rhythms of the historic West Adams neighborhood around the station. She worked to recreate the welcoming environments she experienced while documenting the individual residences and the energy of the local streets. The final artwork--based on hundreds of photographs taken by the artist in the neighborhood--shares with Metro riders the gardens, front porches, living rooms and street life of area residents.

McCoy carefully considered each panel's placement within the gateway arches and inside the station. The gateway arch entries focus on local exterior spaces, such as front yards, windows, fences, porches and doors of historic homes along with iconic LA signage. Panels located above the seating modules feature interior spaces such as private living rooms.

Artist Statement

“My goal is to produce artwork that reveals something secret or previously unseen. The viewer should know the painting. It should be their private space.”

About the Artist

JESSICA POLZIN MCCOY is Assistant Professor of Art at Pitzer College, Claremont, CA. Her paintings have been exhibited at venues such as the Ontario Museum of Art, Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Porter Butts Gallery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grant and a University of Wisconsin-Madison Vilas Fellowship. McCoy is represented by the Fanny Garver Gallery in Madison, WI.

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