Numina was invited to paint the mural in 2017 by the College Hill Art Alliance, Art in the Park, and Mercer’s women’s and gender studies and art departments with funding from The Knight Foundation. None of these groups, Numina said, were told that the painting would be removed.
-Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor
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The first time Joerael Numina ever saw graffiti, he was 9 years old and watching television footage of the Berlin Wall coming down. Men and women climbed over the 12-foot cement barrier under a night sky and broke it apart with pickaxes, sledgehammers, and even their bare hands. It was obvious, even to a kid in west Texas, that something momentous was happening.
“Yoga is a spiritual practice meaning union,” says Numina. “The border wall is divisive and centralized and toxic to the environment and the national budget. Mobilize Walls is transformational and inclusive. It creates dialogue and cultivates empathy and compassion. That’s what art does: It connects people—especially in a public space.”
One of the youngest stops on the tour is in the basement of the Corcoran art museum, where Joerael Numina has painted a hallway-length mural depicting the history of the Piscataway community from the north of Washington, in what is now Maryland.
-Carey L. Biron
Internationally-Acclaimed Artist Joerael Numina is working on “Mobilized Wall”, a project he’s been working on for years now which includes this wall and many others.
About four months ago, he reached out to Jeff Marion, owner of Deviance Skate Supply, because he thought the shop’s huge corrugated steel side wall would make an excellent canvas.
Think of it like an aggregate for murals' square footage, wherein the dimensions of any participating artist's wall, regardless of location, becomes part of the overall square footage of the project.
-Alex De Vore
Numina cites drawing has his favorite form of expressing himself. While it is on the other end of the spectrum from mural painting, drawing is not done for the public, require precision and is between the artist and his paper.
Joerael believes art will and does make the world a more bearable place. His work depicts the depth of what art education provides, how it is crucial to our personal experience, personal growth and the problem solving of our future.
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