“Superuvian,” 2005

"Superuvian," 2005
With “Superuvian,” Velarde re-invents herself as a comic-book superhero, struggling against the evil villain of gentrification. Inspired by her experience living in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties neighborhood during a period of intense gentrification, Velarde’s superhero overhears invisible gentrifiers who want “no more starving artists and Section 8 dwellers!”

Acrylic on aluminum. 72″ x 48″