© 2016 by Yvonne Shortt.

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About

As an artist (sculptures, installations, murals)  I work to create dialogue and connection between my piece and the community.  I explore disability, race,  equity, and equality.  Often I can be found involving the community in my creative process either in the conversation or as part of the creation of the work. 

Rigged?

This public installation commissioned by Friends of MacDonald Park is a commentary on our political, social, and economic systems. The piece grows and changes with the community, inviting community engagement. For example, when one rabbit was purposely broken in the night, a community member who majored in police studies suggested outlining the rabbit body and marking it "DOA" as a way to illustrate both the literal danger the bunny sculpture faced and the figurative danger depicted by the piece.

NYC Park, Forest Hills

MacDonaldPark, Forest Hills

 

Wood, acrylic, yarn, and stone

5'x5'x5'

 

A piece that changes based on community input

Piece Changes "Rigged" here

Elmhurst Sculpture Garden

My objective with creating this sculpture garden is to offer a safe place for artists to create outdoor art and learn to revitalize public spaces while creating work and engaging with the community. It's an incubator with the intent that each artist brings what they've learned back to their community to uplift a space, create art, and interact with their neighbors. It's also a space for me to experiment with new sculptures and interact with my community

Elmhurst Garden/Alderton Garden

 

aluminum, cement, plastic, stone, wood, and soil

Rabbit Hole (Photo 1 & 2) 

Labor of love (Photo 3)

 

Funders include Burning Man Global Arts, Queens Council on the Arts, and NEA

 

Stay posted on updates with "Elmhurst Sculpture Garden" here

Peppermint in Pieces

I suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a condition that affects the rods and cones of the eyes and leads to blindness. Peppermint in Pieces was influenced by how I see the new Airedale Terrier that came in to my life in 2018. The sculpture requires the viewer to walk around the piece until it ultimately fits together; what might be a perfect place for one viewer may not work for another as our individual perspectives are different based on height and visual acuity.

Captain Tilly Park

Jamaica, Queens

 

Wood and aluminum

5'x5'x5'

Waking Blind

While at the Elmhurst Sculpture Garden a little girl said to her mom that my sculpture looked just like her. Historically, especially within Western culture, people with my features haven’t found many places besides the mirror to see themselves reflected. Waking Blind is about identity and disability and draws from my own culture.

59-59 92nd Street

Elmhurst, NY

Sculpted in clay, cast in cement

9"x6"x8"

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Selected Residencies:

Culture Push, National Arts Strategy

Selected Awards

NYC Health + Hospitals, Queens Council on the Arts, NEA, NYC Parks,  Burning Man Global Arts, Eileen Fisher Community Award

Selected Commissions:

Friends of MacDonald Park, AHRC, Queens Council on the Arts, American Printing House Museum for the Blind, AIG

Selected Current. Outdoor Installations

Elmhurst Sculpture Garden, Flushing Meadow Corona Park (Queens), AHRC (LIC), Dunningham Triangle (Elmhurst). MacDonald Park (Forest Hills), Captain Tilly Park (Jamaica, Queens), PS 139 (Rego Park), IS 159 (Masbeth), PS 99 (Kew Gardens), PS 69 (Jackson Heights), Our Savior, Fleet Street, 63rd Drive, Yellowstone, Elmhurst Sculpture Garden, Woodhaven Sculpture Garden