“Apsara” by Mattaya Fitts
Mattaya Fitts is a visual artist born and raised in Boston, whose practice encompasses painting, drawing, and photography within a studio and mural discipline using form and color, she creates a visual vocabulary that addresses the complexities of living in a world of dualities. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, tropes merge, meanings shift, past memories and the present fuse.
Mattaya grew up visiting her family in Lowell, and celebrates her Cambodian heritage with vibrant imagery of Khmer Apsara dancing tradition, continuing a prominent cultural legacy of a city that is home to the country’s second largest population of Cambodian-Americans.
“I am Woman” by Quest9
‘I am Woman’ represents the strength in femininity, diversity and the multicultural community of Lowell. Each piece of our social identities and culture influence the energy and community around us, symbolized by the glitch. As women, there is a sense of chaos in today’s social climate, but we stand stronger when we stand together.
“The Other Me/ El Otro Yo/ La Otra Yo” by Andrew Tricoche
Andrew Tricoche is a Puerto-Rican artist born and raised in Lowell, MA. He was the middle child to a family of 5, not including his mother who raised them single-handedly. At a young age, Andrew realized his talents and interest in art and would compete with his siblings and peers. That inevitably led to his pursuit of the arts – from focusing his studies at Greater Lowell Tech in Graphic Design to getting his BFA at the Montserrat College of Art in 2019. His work is inspired by the music, urban art, fashion, and culture that surrounds him every day.
His mural for Middlesex Community College presents Aztec inspired geometric snakes and dragons with vejigante patterns that represent the artist’s Puerto Rican heritage.