We have just launched our annual Visual Arts Members’ Show, which explores the theme of identity, asking “Who am I?” and “What do you see?” Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our 35 participating member artists, Maria Sausa.
Maria, who is a resident of Flushing, was born in Astoria and grew up in College Point. She currently serves as principal of a New York City public elementary school, and has been a member of Flushing Town Hall for a year.
“The piece I have submitted for display is called Corridor,” she says. “This shot was taken inside One World Trade Center. I hope to reach people on a personal level with this piece. The lines, curves and shadows of this vast white corridor, being both structured and inviting, are a gentle reminder to persevere and live life, no matter its journey and curves along the way.”
Maria began taking photographs at a very young age, but that passion evolved into a serious hobby over the past five years.
“What this piece tells about me is that I am a native New Yorker who aspires to express the beauty and significance of our urban landscape through my eyes and lens,” she says.
Maria also says she was moved by the revival of Flushing Town Hall over the years (in fact, we just reopened our 308-seat theater last year!).
“I attended Flushing High School and walked past the Town Hall on my way to and from school every day, before it was renovated,” she says. “I remember thinking how great this building must have been in its day. It has again become an exciting and significant part of Flushing that highlights many of the cultures represented in our borough, through a variety of activities and mediums.”
You can find Maria on Instagram at @mariasausa17 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/maria.p.sausa.