Cody Ann Herrmann
Cody Ann Herrmann is an interdisciplinary artist, native to Flushing, Queens, NYC. Guided by her interest in public space, participatory design methods, and urban resilience, Cody’s work often explores urban planning processes by applying an iterative, human centered approach to ecological problem solving. Since 2014 her art has focused on her hometown of Flushing, creating projects that critique policy related to land use, local development, and environmental planning in areas surrounding Flushing Bay and Creek.
Cody has been the recipient of the More Art Engaging Artists Fellowship and the Underwater New York / Works on Water Residency. She has been awarded a Queens Art Fund New Work Grant, Waterfront Alliance City of Water Day Award, and Social Practice Queens Action Art Award. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, and she has given presentations at Open Engagement, Pratt Institute, LaGuardian Community College, and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Cody holds an MFA from Social Practice Queens at CUNY Queens College, and undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design
Climate change and environmental degradation are impacting communities at increasing rates across the globe. The institutionalized walls blocking ecological subjects and environmental justice from being understood by the general population must be broken down to ensure human adaptation and a resilient future. My work references municipal policy and local history, highlighting site-specific relationships between land use, and both individual and institutional agency, disrupting traditional notions of artistic authorship, labor, and institutional expertise.
Drawing from my background in ecology and urban design, my works are informed by a combination of site visits, qualitative research, secondary research, and self-reflection. Manifesting primarily as onsite interventions, performance, guided tours, and public workshops, my projects often address public access, corrupt urban planning processes, and civic participation.
Inspired by human-centered design methods, I have chosen to focus much of my work in my hometown of Flushing, Queens. For six years I have studied the Flushing Bay and Creek to further explore my interests in public space, ecology, and urban development. This ongoing series of socially engaged work has led me to build lasting relationships with numerous institutions, individuals, and advocacy groups working in Queens.
How do you get to Flushing Creek?, 2018. 4 aluminum road signs installed on existing street signs, dimensions variable.