antenna

“antenna” is a project which I unknowingly began when I was 8-years-old. I had a white, ceramic unicorn nightlight with a golden horn. It was a treasured object that I would make wishes on… until the horn broke one day. My young self was devastated thinking that no one would hear my wishes anymore now that the antenna was broken.

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When I started working with ceramics in 2016, I re-created the unicorn—this time with a horn twice the size of its body. The small sculpture which I named “antenna”, was my way of repairing the wish-giving abilities of my broken magical toy.

A serendipitous conversation in 2019 planted the seed in my head to make my first large-scale sculpture. I created a kickstarter campaign to fund the upscaling of “antenna” out of fiberglass and it was successful!

The final 7-foot-tall sculpture—the centerpiece of a solo installation named “Horn of Plenty”—was exhibited at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in Texas (2019). It was a shrine dedicated to the human imagination, consisting of a unicorn flanked by 50+ of my ceramic sculptures.

“antenna” (or “uni” as I nicknamed it) sat in my living room throughout the pandemic until it was purchased by collectors in 2021. Fitting for a unicorn, it’s final resting place is in a forest where the owners are building an A-frame cabin to house it…

The sale of the sculpture allowed me to rent my first out-of-home studio and I used half of the proceeds to create the Antenna Grant, which offers funding & mentorship to young women of color in the arts. To learn more about the Jersey City-based grant or to offer support, please click here.

The other off-shoot of “antenna” was an illustrated book called “Horn of Plenty”, which I wrote & illustrated (originally published by Friend of the Artist in 2020). It’s a book for both children and adults about how a unicorn lost and found it’s horn, and is a fable about rediscovering one’s imagination.

*THANK YOU TO:
Alex Scott for believing in me and driving a truck full of fragile ceramics across the country, Jonas Concepcion & Nick Kirk for upscaling my artwork, the 100+ Kickstarter backers for funding this statue, Jon Levy for giving me my first solo installation, Raymond for planting a seed, and the Firestones for giving my unicorn a home.