In her practice, the Berlin-based artist focuses on eroticism and the female sexual experience. For the High Line, she creates a new, large-scale mural installation at 22nd St. Iannone’s mural features three colorful Statues of Liberty. Between them runs the words, “I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door,” which is the final line from Emma Lazarus’s poem “The New Colossus,” the ode to the freedom promised by immigration to America engraved on a bronze plaque mounted inside the statue at Liberty Island.
Conceived before the recent months of upheaval in the United States around immigration, an already contested topic; these recent debates have raised the Statue of Liberty anew as a symbol of the openness of New York City and the United States to those seeking asylum, freedom, or simply a better life. Iannone’s vibrant Liberties bring a bit of joy to an often exhausting and demoralizing political debate.
Dorothy Iannone (b. 1933, Boston, Massachusetts) lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
- Rendering of Dorothy Iannone, I Lift My Lamp Beside the Golden Door, 2014. Courtesy the artist, Air de Paris, and Friends of the High Line.