Big Head (Harlem Rose), 2016
May 3, 2016 – August 1, 2016
Big Head (Harlem Rose) is a monumental portrait head with an ornamental rose. Harlem Rose is a symbol of the human landscape, immovable and universal. The scale of the head is important. The artist intends for the public to look eye to eye with the work and feel her stalwart presence and timelessness. This is meant to stand in contrast to the shifts inherent in economic development and life cycles that continuously shift and sway our environment. ‘Rose’ is also a nod to Ben E. King’s portrait of a rare beauty of Spanish Harlem.
Montserrat Daubón is an artist living and working in New York City. She studied painting, drawing and sculpture at the Art Students League where she is currently a technical instructor. Montserrat is a two-time recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Artist Award, has shown her work in various group shows in NYC, held a solo show of her landscape paintings in the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art and currently has her public sculpture ‘Shipwreck’ installed in NYC. For her, painting and sculpture are an emotional and aesthetic reaction to her environment and her community. Her large-scale sculptural works reflect the gravity and vulnerability of the human experience.