A Neighborhood

Alexis Johnson's avatar Alexis Johnson

I grew up seeing abandoned houses in a diminishing city that I call home. As a visual norm, I was never able to understand the the latter side of the rhythm of a once thriving city until I moved to a place that is the opposite of Flint, Michigan. These emotions of pessimism, hope, passion and the need to paint pictures let me explore these images. Rather than displaying these abandoned houses as they are, forgotten and mistreated, exploring color has let them become alive again and repurposed. I want to communicate that life still remains in these empty structures, if they have not yet been bulldozed. These houses lining the streets of Flint, Michigan and surrounding areas are in some sense at their final resting place. I have an urge to keep their heartbeat through my own process and let them continue to live as painted images. This city that I call home is on its way to becoming the once thriving city it was and I hope to be a part of that journey.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4 in
  • Medium: Oil on Wood Panel
  • Width: 24 in
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 32 in