In fall 2023 MAM will feature new monumental artwork by New Jersey-based fiber artist WOOLPUNK®. Created specifically for MAM, Sunflowers & Graffiti’d Sky in the Garden State is based on a photograph of a community garden in the artist’s hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey. Printed on a large-scale banner, this image will be embroidered and obsessively stitched by the artist. WOOLPUNK® invites the MAM community to donate recycled fabrics that she will incorporate into this work, with the mission to bring attention to clothing waste and landfill issues in the state of New Jersey and beyond.
The community’s commitment to rekindling nature in an otherwise overpopulated, concrete jungle symbolizes a social need for healthier, more environmentally friendly living standards. In a former life, Vitale managed the United Way of Hudson County’s resale clothing stores where the daily waste of clothing became apparent and overwhelming to the artist.