Cody Ann Herrmann is a New York City based artist and community organizer with an interest in participatory design methods, public space, and urban resilience. Through multidisciplinary arts, community engagement exercises, and grassroots organizing she applies an iterative, human centered approach to environmental problem solving.
As climate change and environmental degradation impact 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. Combining socially engaged art and participatory design practices my work makes direct reference to municipal policy and planning documents, highlighting site-specific relationships between land-use and environmental stewardship, while breaking down both traditional notions of artistic authorship and institutional expertise.
Drawing from my background in ecology, urban design, and social practice my works are informed by a combination of interviews, site visits, secondary research, participatory workshops, and self reflection. Manifesting primarily as documented research, public events, onsite interventions, and walking tours, my projects can often be compiled into an iterative series functioning on a neighborhood-wide 1:1 scale.
Since 2015 my practice has revolved around my hometown of Flushing, Queens, creating a breadth of projects critiquing policy related to land-use and environmental planning in areas surrounding Flushing Bay and Creek. This ongoing series of socially engaged work has led me to collaborate on all-ages public projects with numerous environmental and civic groups working locally.