Anatomy of a Moment
This work was created by the artists looking inward and working with reduced resources due to the COVID-19 quarantines in spring/summer 2020.
Distancing from others and washing hands frequently made the artists aware of many tasks that were once freely executed by hands without much thought: Uniting, shaking, patting, holding, cleaning, pointing, receiving, handing, playing, balancing, thanking, reaching, hanging, caring, etc. Hands have gone from being a supporting role to a protagonist position in the ways we interact with and experience the world.
The lead artist, Artur Silva, photographed his friends’ hands performing various actions, as well as screenshots of films highlighting the role of hands in telling a story. He and the apprentice artist, Shaunte Lewis, drew from this source material when creating black-and-white and colored drawings of hands. The work was created collaboratively, with designs exchanged via email and assembled in digital space by Silva prior to being printed on vinyl and installed. This is the first digitally-created artwork in the Jiffy Lube mural program.
Artur Silva is a Brazilian-born artist currently living in Indianapolis and South Bend, Indiana. His practice consists in manipulating images collected from all facets of the media and from original photographs, reproducing them on canvas or combining them in digital prints, wall installations and videos, transforming and appropriating them to convey a particular set of ideas. He is a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University South Bend and an adjunct instructor at the Herron School of Art, IUPUI.
Shaunte Lewis is an Indianapolis-area artist and illustrator. Her work explores the relationship between feminism and the arts while incorporating bright colors and clean lines. She is particularly captivated by the endless facets and abstractness of her Black culture.
Anatomy of a Moment was created through a partnership between Jiffy Lube of Indiana and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The partnership is an opportunity to showcase local artists, beautify commercial corridors with original public art murals, and encourage viewers through positive images while expressing the goals of Jiffy Lube’s programming: Growing People Through Work.