Artist Profile: Valerie Piraino

Learn more about artist Valerie Piraino’s piece A Year Around The Sun for The Socrates Annual exhibition through our social media activation:

Valerie took over the Park’s Instagram account on September 22, 2017 to share thoughtful meditations on her work.

The last few months of our year around the sun – eclipse, fire, hurricanes, earthquakes. Is it possible to expand our circle of concern to grow beyond the borders of our bodies? Is it possible to find connection and peace on our waters? Big ty to @offshoreresidency for intensity, quietude and studio time on the water in preparation for A Year Around the Sun @socratespark opening 10/1/17 #socratesannual2017 @cortneyandrew @tirv @cmacbride @harrisonmoenich @lornborn @josephparra

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“We are brothers and sisters, only water in between.” – Antigua resident in the wake of Hurricane Irma Sketches for A Year Around the Sun, a memorial for the bodies that have been and will be the spoils of intense change and conflict. Opening @socratespark 10/1/17 #socratesannual2017

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Passing ships leaving Africa hundreds of years apart, one sailing towards violence and one trying to sail away from violence. Infinite gratitude to the @woodenboatschool for sharing their space and the @hudsonrivermaritimemuseum for loaning me a beautiful 100 year old wooden lifeboat for A Year Around the Sun, a mediation on the migration crisis taking place on the Mediterranean Sea. Opening @socratespark 10/1/17 #missingmigrants #formigration #socratesannual2017

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