Artist: Adam Schrimmer
GJ: How were you contacted to create this piece?
AS: I wasn’t really contacted by anyone. It was a project I created in partnership with the Greenville Housing Authority, the city of Greenville, NHE property management and the residents of the Gallery of West Greenville apartment complex. This painting was used to introduce myself to the community and to create relationships with residents in order to gain their trust to make a mural of their own, which was for a second dumpster enclosure located on the property.
GJ: What is the inspiration for this piece?
AS: Poetry. The poem entitled “Human Story” by Maya Angelou is a great source of inspiration to me in my community work. There is a quote on the side of the painting that reads, “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”
GJ: What type of paint did you use to create the mural?
AS: Sherwin-Williams exterior paint.
GJ: How long did it take to create, and what was the creation process like?
AS: The painting itself took a week, but the planning and the approval process took close to one year with everyone concerned.
GJ: What is your favorite part of the piece and why?
AS: The community engagement exercises and planning meetings that I held with the residents are my favorite things. I met some amazing people, many of whom I still keep up with and are personal friends.
GJ: When was it completed?
It is located at The Gallery of West Greenville Apartment Complex at 138 Traction St. in Greenville.