Rosie Hendricks is a sophomore in college and attends Temple University in Pennsylvania. She is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent. Rosie has always been fascinated with art, specifically street art, and she chose to cover street art in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic has affected street art/artists. Rosie is the one to speak upon street art because she grew up in the lower East Side, which she described to be the “center of graffiti” in the City. This resulted in her always being surrounded by this form of art.
Rosie has been personally touched by art due to going to an “extremely artistic high school,” which led to her exposure to the arts in general, with murals present in the school and all kinds of arts hanging from the ceiling. After graduating high school and going to college, Rosie felt she was ripped from the arts. In feeling this way, Rosie wanted to reconnect herself to art again by collaborating with this publication.
Rosie has been writing since she was in kindergarten, keeping journals that she’s just recently rediscovered and has been able to look through again. Over the years, she has explored many forms of writing, including poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Eventually, Rosie delved into journalism and served as the head of design for her high school magazine. After enjoying this role so much, she decided to major in journalism in college.
Aside from her high school environment, Rosie has been attracted to art through her grandfather. a professional artist who exposed her to art from a very young age. She explains how in some ways she wanted to be similar to her grandfather as a child, but now simply enjoys “reliving that childish glee.”
Rosie hopes to give off the message that there is so much beauty in the world that is left unseen due to all the negativity, but that through graffiti and street art, specifically in New York City, it tells the story of the city’s roots, making them recognizable. In this recognition, she hopes to encourage people to express themselves and live more freely, referring to the newly painted Black Lives Matter mural in front of the Trump Tower in downtown NYC and other protest art. She wants this to be discussed because she hopes for her audience to be aware of “different variations of self expression.”
Rosie also wants people to know that street art should not be frowned upon as it was in the 1970s and 1980s. She explains that because of COVID-19 people have begun to take to the streets again to make street art due to feeling safer incognito thanks to needing to wear masks outside. She acknowledges the negatives that do come from street art, but she goes on to explain that it should be taken into account how this is affecting other people positively, brightening our city through such a hard time due to the pandemic and also being able to brighten up so many people’s mood. —By Shantaal Lovera