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A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek

Richmond Valley (Staten Island Railway)

A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek

Metal artwork
"A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek" (2018) © Everet, SIR Richmond Valley Station. Photo: Karen Perrin

About the project

Areas surrounding Richmond Valley station are interlaced with beautiful ponds, streams and wetlands. They are the inspiration for Everet’s artwork, "A Portrayal of Life at Mill Creek." Everet created a series of stainless steel artwork panels, fabricated by Kammetal that represent species of wildlife supported in local habitats.   

The artist presents varying combinations of animal, insect and plant species within each panel design. The Common Snapping Turtle, known to nest in the area, is paired with the Indian Tobacco Plant which is named for the tobacco-like scent of its small ornate flowers. The naturalized Climbing Nightshade Vine, with its dangling star-like flowers and red berries is coupled with the Appalachian Brook Crayfish, whose chimney like openings occasionally protrude from a network of tunnels along the banks of the creek. The Calico Pennant Dragonfly, endowed by nature with red heart-shaped spots is complemented with tall colonies of Common Cattail, that are known for their dense cylindrical flowers. The Yellow Trout Lily, which appears briefly in spring, is combined with the Morning Cicada, which is named for its singing from morning to midday.

Many of the plants and animals in the local ecosystem have nurtured each other and served as a source of food and medicine for humans. A decline in quality or loss of habitat can threaten the future of inhabitants in this ecosystem. With this artwork, the artist hopes to raise awareness of and appreciation for the rich local wildlife of this Staten Island community.

About the artist

Everet is a Staten Island-based, self-taught fiber artist and an active member of the Staten Island artist community since 1997. A native New Yorker, she has shown her work in NYC galleries for the over 15 years and is fascinated by the local stories, heritage, and culture. Her textile artwork is influenced by the complex patterns found in flora and fauna. Research is essential to her process, and she steeps herself in the biological and environmental details of a subject. Her designs are based on cropped specimen images, and then proportionally enlarged and executed in a layered-and-stitched-fabric technique and constructed as wall hangings or mounted pieces.