Karey Kessler

The Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), selected seven emerging public artists (myself included) to create temporary art installations along the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway. These works are part of Art Interruptions, a project connecting neighborhoods through art. The work will be on display from August 2018 - July 2019.

For Art Interruptions 2018, I created a Path of Wonderment and Connection: a series of colorful street graphics that include both imagery from my map art and also phrases that I wrote about connection and wonderment. I had these phrases translated into the six languages most frequently used in Rainier Valley: English, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Mandarin, and Amharic. I also had the phrases translated into the Duwamish language, Lushootseed, which was spoken in the valley long before any other languages were spoken there. I installed these street graphics on the sidewalks and some of the wheel-stops along 46th Avenue between S. Kenyon Street and S. Cloverdale. I hope the colorful graphics and phrases about connection will provide moments of unexpected delight and contemplation to those who pass by.

There will be an Art Interruptions event on August 11th at the same time as the Rainier Beach Action Coalition's Back2School Bash. The seven Art Interruptions artists will be available to meet and talk to on the west side of the Rainier Beach Playfield, along the section of the new Rainier Valley Neighborhood Greenway which runs through the park. There will be a scavenger hunt to find all the art and there'll be biking promotions, such as helmet decorating, face painting, and games for kids too. Hope you can go!