Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, Flying High for Equality - Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
Flying High for Equality
Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx
Inspired by American novelist Richard Bach’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme will use the city’s sparrows to create a metaphor for the search for equality. Sparrows are creatures of resilience, audacity, intelligence and beauty that mirror many of the qualities of the communities throughout New York. They are small but mighty and vigilant in every aspect of their lives, and we learn that the loudest voice is not always the most powerful. This installation of seven colorful sculptures will evoke the power of assembly to pursue freedom, equality, and social justice. We can only coexist as a community when we celebrate diversity, inclusion, and integration.
Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme
Painter Patricia Cazorla and sculptor Nancy Saleme are a Venezuelan-American aunt and niece collaborative team who began working together in 2010. Their work focuses on immigration and child labor issues. They both earned their B.A. and have lived in New York since 1996. Cazorla and Saleme have been awarded exhibitions, commissions, residencies and grants inside and outside of the U.S., such as Art in City Hall (Philadelphia, PA); Jose Cuervo Traditional Mural Project (NYC); Armory Artsweek by Lehman College Art Gallery at the Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx, NY); and DUMBO Arts Festival. Cazorla and Saleme have been commissioned to create temporary public art pieces for Taller Puertorriqueño (Philadelphia) and by the Garment District (NYC). Cazorla and Saleme were granted the Puffin Foundation Visual Arts Award and a solo exhibition at the Bronx Community College for Women’s History Month in 2016.