Lucky News & Grocery
Hayley Powers Thornton-Kennedy
Some minds are palaces with memories hung among elaborate rafters. Mine is a bodega. My first kiss is stashed somewhere near the paper towels. The summer I broke my wrist is balanced atop the ATM, and the day I met my husband is in a cooler behind the 40’s. Emotionally cluttered and overflowing with personal nostalgia, this corner store of self, on a macro level, serves as a personal narrative writ large. Within Lucky News & Grocery you’ll find the disposable objects and ephemeral moments that have made up the backdrop of my adult life. Among these works are my two graphic narratives, Authentic Baby and Mindful Escapism, both of which reflect my experiences and perspectives as a young woman navigating a late-20th century world, focusing on the formative moments and decisions that stick with us as we grow.
Lucky News & Grocery is a happy place, but if you look closely you’ll find painful memories, cynicism, and moments of ennui — it is who I am, and I don't regret a thing.
Part art installation, part pop-up shop, and part performance, Lucky News & Grocery currently exists in Riggs Leidy Gallery as a component of the MFA Illustration Practice Grad Show at Maryland Institute College of Art. It is on view until April 8th.
If you are interested in the Lucky News & Grocery installation for your space please get in touch!