I Thought the Streets Were Paved With Gold is a 1000 piece puzzle featuring the art of Pacita Abad.
At Ellis Island Pacita Abad read a saying by an Italian immigrant that resonated with her,
"I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't`t paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them."
Perhaps more than any other artist featured in our growing collection, the work of Pacita Abad encapsulates the fighting spirit of US immigrant populations. Her empathic representation is striking for its thematic juxtaposition of universal, systematic struggle with triumphant hope and immutable vibrancy in the face of insurmountable odds. Born in the Philippines in 1946, Abad emigrated to the United States to study at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C where she developed her singular technique of trapunto painting- a hybridisation of quilting and collage that rendered her canvases into three-dimensional landscapes that both support and interact with her uniquely abstract application of paint, bearing whole new worlds as naturally as life itself. Her subjects were primarily the unseen actors in the ecosystem of American economics that, despite barriers of language, education, and social capital, comprised the very fabric of a nation`s way of life. Following her death in 2004, Abad`s stature in the international arena of fine art continues to flourish. from Tate modern in London , to the National Gallery of Singapore, the M+Museum in Hong Kong,and the national Museum Of Women in The Arts in Washington, D.C, Pacita Abad`s work is proudly displayed in esteemed collections around the globe.