(b. 1987, New York, New York; lives and works in The Bronx, New York)
The Daily Bread/El Pan de Cada Día, 2020. Digital image. Courtesy of the artist
For this work, I not only wanted to replicate a bodega but also to highlight the moments that mimic colmados in the Dominican Republic, depicting baked goods, root vegetables and other items Americans may not immediately recognize. They function as everything stores but most importantly are a place where neighbors commune. The survival of these small businesses is so important to me. These spaces offer a little piece of home to those from the island.
Lucia Hierro 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.