TITLE: One Love-Outside the Box Mural
ARTIST: Desiree Hund
ABOUT: The Midland Area Community Foundation selected eight artists to paint downtown Midland utility boxes in a move to beautify the downtown space and give the community an artistic voice. Artist Desiree Hund gave an artist statement for the project, "My name is Desiree Hund. I’ve been painting since 2015 as a hobby, making homemade gifts for friends and family over the years. My brothers were always very creative and proficient in their artistic abilities since they were young but I never had the patience for art as a child. I now look forward to the peace that comes with zoning in and creating a new piece or learning new techniques. I’ve branched from painting and have grown to truly enjoy drawing, which includes my large 12×12 mandalas. I’ve been making jewelry for a number of years as well, to give as gifts to my loved ones. Art has made more of an impact in my life than I had ever thought it would. I’ve been involved in Midland’s art scene since July of 2020 when I was commissioned to paint a cement barricade downtown, transforming it into a giant honeycomb. It was then that I was introduced to Jazzmyn Benitez who welcomed me to participate in Art Seen of 2021 to be one of her assistants in completing her mural design on the back of Little Forks Outfitters. Since then, I have been looking forward to being involved with more community art projects and truly appreciate these opportunities to grow within the community as well as growing as an artist."
LOCATION: The intersection of Main and Rodd, Midland, MI