Elvira Clayton

The Community's Magic Sound Box Piano
Elvira Clayton was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in Houston, Texas. She began her creative practice as a performance artist and has expanded to include visual art genres. Since relocating to Harlem, New York City, in 2006, much of Clayton's work has focused on socially engaging projects. She blends oral history, photography, handcraft aesthetics and mobile installations, to communicate and elevate stories of everyday people. Clayton has exhibited her work in New York and throughout the U.S. She was awarded residencies at The Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Blue Mountain Center. Her work was featured on the cover of the 32nd anniversary issue of the literary journal Callaloo, and in the Killen Letters Review. Clayton is a four-time Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant recipient, a 2011 Laundromat Project Create Change fellow and a 2015 Laundromat Project Commissions artist.
About the piano
Location: 28 Liberty Plaza, 28 Liberty St, New York, NY Hours: 9AM - 9PM Click here for full map of all Sing for Hope Piano locations. I chose to transform a Sing For Hope Piano into an enchanting musical sculpture, The Community's Magic Sound Box Piano. Through my most recent project, The Community's Magic Sound Box Project, I've created a group of ornate, mobile oral history sculptures. This work is rooted in the custom of the colorful costumed West African Masquerades, who traditionally perform during social gatherings and festivals. In creating my sculptures, I employ handcraft aesthetics, and utilize craft media and embellishment notions, (textiles, beads, rhinestones, yarns and buttons), to assemble textural, interactive and enchanting art pieces. A Sing For Hope Piano is indeed a Community Sound Box. My concept for this project is to mirror both the inspiration and aesthetic process that I've employed in creating my mobile oral history sculptures. I hope my sculptural art piano will visually evoke a sense of magic.