Since receiving his B.F.A. in 2007 from Kendall College of Art and Design, Patrick Mohundro has focused his attention on teaching, volunteering, and drawing. As a teacher and volunteer in Mozambique, he researched the different dynamics and struggles of power among students, teachers, politicians, and other members of his community for over two years. Returning to the U.S., Patrick has spent the past year creating drawings that represent his experience in Mozambique and, following his passion for research and community service, is developing Healthy, Hearty Bushwick. The community health project aims to improve the quality of life of HIV-positive Brooklyn residents who struggle with substance abuse and mental illness (known as dual and triple diagnoses) through art and healthy lifestyle changes.
Following the series Mozambique., Patrick will research the HIV-positive community in Brooklyn who are dually and triply diagnosed. On Governors Island, he will apply for 501(c)3 non-profit status and draft grants to fund Healthy, Hearty Bushwick while creating a body of work reflecting the presence of power in the lives and relationships of the community members with dual and triple diagnoses, their family members, social workers, and other members of their communities.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist