#Overlooked is a portrait series of empowered women in the Akron community set against the backdrop of underutilized spaces in the city. Much as woman are often overlooked for positions of influence, the hidden potential of these many vacant spaces are unactualized. Revitalizing an old property is a too often dissuasive process, similarly although we have a rich resource in talented women, their numbers are often not represented in positions of influence as the system that would usher them into these positions can be dissuasive. I hope to draw attention to the potential of our female population in Akron and build momentum behind encouraging women to participate. I hope for women to be seen and heard and to empower each other, also to draw attention to some amazing underutilized spaces downtown by simply revealing them to the public.
The finished Knight Arts Challenge project was initially installed in an empty downtown Akron storefront, a collaborative installation with Curated Storefronts, another Knight Arts project happening simultaneously. Currently, #overlooked is displayed on the 59 Bridge, which appropriately overlooks the Akron Interbelt freeway.