Company SBB Stefanie Batten Bland
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Embarqued: In Development 2019

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In Development 2018-2021

I stumbled The African American Heritage Trail upon my first visit to Martha’s Vineyard. It offers us a glimpse into the lives of those who arrived and thrived against all odds. Embarked is the first of several studies to celebrate these sacred spaces on the island and begins my research into the physicality around building landmarks. I am examining the physical and emotional residue created from their fabrication and destruction. The affirmation of cultural identity developed from construction and deconstruction, forced or due to decay. Monuments can define a community through physical presence. In this first phase, I would like to collaborate with a local landscape artist and build spatial trails in the sand to tell the stories of who embarked here before I did.

-SBB