2020 AnkhLave Garden Project Fellow: Asano-Agarie Gomez
Asano Agarie Gomez
Location: In the Queens Botanical Garden, across from the Annual Garden
AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. works to to highlight black, indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in contemporary art. AnkhLave has selected six female Queens-based artists of color, the 2020 AnkhLave Garden Fellows, to create site specific art installations within the grounds of Queens Botanical Garden (QBG). They consist of five immigrant artists and one first-generation US citizen. Due to COVID-19, AnkhLave Arts Alliance, Inc. interviewed them and recorded their social distanced art installations for a virtual audience.
By presenting artists and art-making in a nontraditional setting like the QBG, AnkhLave aims to promote BIPOC artists who represent and reflect the Garden’s visiting audience.
This project is made possible by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
Asano Agarie Gomez creates a rose garden which mimics nature while using artificial materials and bright colors in order to investigate the concept of “otherness” in relation to the garden environment. The juxtaposition between her use of the artificial and the garden environment highlights both the differences and commonality between the natural environment and the human creative experience.
Asano Agarie Gomez is a Japanese born artist based in Queens. She creates large mixed media sculptural paintings using fabric, pigment, sewing, painting and drawing. She has exhibited her work in galleries including Chelsea, Lower East Side, Long Island City, Brooklyn, Long Island and Tokyo, Japan. She is a recipient of Therese Ralston McCabe Connor Awards NY, 2016, LIC-A residency program, NY, 2018. Agarie Gomez holds a BA from Lehman College, and MFA from City College of New York.