(b. 1978, Krakow, Poland; lives and works in New York, New York)
Thank You for _ Here!, 2020. Acrylic paint, archival inkjet print, gold leaf, plastic shopping bags. Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami Gallery
In Thank You for _ Here!, my new composition on canvas, I used images of recent protests in New York City together with gold leaf, sanding paper, plastic bags and acrylic paint to convey the energy of the present moment—the rage over racism and inequality, the pandemic anxiety and the pre-election unrest. In the center of the composition I set the stars from the American flag into motion toward a more just and greener future.
Anna Ostoya is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.