This mural by Priscilla Bell and Anthony Torcasio is focused on the pivotal strengths that exist with the community. The design incorporates elements that are specific to the neighborhood, such as specific row homes and sunflowers that grow at a neighboring community garden in the summer. The fractured lines in the background illustrate the interconnect-ness of all the living beings represented in the mural, from the pollinators, to foliage, and people.
When I was in preschool, my favorite time of day was when I was allowed to draw and paint. As I got older, this love never faded and eventually I went to college to study art.
I mainly work with acrylic paint, but in recent years, I have incorporated other media, including spray paint and other mixed media into my paintings.
I am influenced by my surroundings and my culture of which reflects in my work.
Priscilla Bell Lamberty was born in North Philadelphia and raised in the Hunting Park section of the city. As a young child, she marveled at the colorful street art and graffiti that adorned the North Philly streets. Inspired by the art, Priscilla began to take up drawing and started recording everything she saw in her neighborhood and those in her community.
Priscilla went on to graduate from Community College of Philadelphia and then transferred to Moore College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in 2D Fine Arts. In 2010, she graduated with her Masters in Fine Arts in Painting.
Throughout the years, Priscilla looked towards her family, surroundings, and cultural heritage for guidance and inspiration. She continues to explore the issues that mean the most to her, including: Parenthood, Environmental Justice, the centering and uplifting of Black & Brown voices in colonial spaces, and Indigenous/Native/Indigenous Caribbean visibility.
“I seek to share my art with others in hopes of sparking thoughtful conversation with the viewer. It is my hope to help shed light on some of the often-challenging topics that I address in my work.”
Priscilla was the recipient of the Leeway Art & Change grant (2017), “Taino Storyteller of the Year” award (2017), “Phenomenal Woman” award (2020), and Taino Muralist of the Year” award (2020). She also works as a freelance muralist with Mural Arts and is a teaching artist for the schools in the Lenapehoking (Philadelphia) area.