Deavron Dailey has lived in Detroit for the past 13 years, but he's just been awarded $20,000 from the Pittsburgh Foundation's Exposure Artist Program to continue his work in his hometown, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
"I often make two-dimensional artwork based on the people, places, and notable moments of each city through painting, ceramics, or printmaking, mostly," says the 43-year-old.
"But my goal is to create collaborative situations between creatives, art spaces, and community development organizations in these two cities that I love equally."
Dailey, a self-taught artist, says Detroit and Pittsburgh are both industrial cities with "an energetic arts and activism community," but Pittsburgh is full of hills and Detroit is completely flat.
"The dramatic hills of Pittsburgh create hundreds of vantage points to view the entire city from, but this makes the layout of the city streets feel illogical and a challenge to navigate," he says.
"So there are very few breathtaking views within the residential areas of the city," he adds.
"The streets are based on grid design, or more like 'a grid with wheel' as I have heard it described before.
This makes navigating the city fairly easy."
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