Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina

Quarantine Self-Care Portrait Series

Chanel Thervil's Quarantine Self-Care Portrait Series combines interviews, portrait installation, photos, and video to highlight the ways people of color are navigating the nuances of self-care, survival, and the new normal as a result of COVID-19. In partnership with the Ed Portal, Chanel's Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina highlights artist & illustrator Sabrina Dorsainvil.

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  • Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina

    Portrait of Sabrina by Chanel Thervil
  • Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina

    Portrait of Sabrina by Chanel Thervil
  • Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina

    Portrait of Sabrina by Chanel Thervil

The Making of Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina

Go behind the scenes in Chanel Thervil's studio and see her process for creating Fresh Breaths: Portrait of Sabrina as part of her ongoing Quarantine Self-Care Portrait Series.

Instagram Live Event: Portraits in Pajamas

Sabrina discussed embracing her artistic self, what her anchors of support look like in her life, and what are the hopeful things on the horizon.

When asked the question "How have you been caring for yourself?" Sabrina responded:
" [...] I think back to around this time last year. I was navigating recovery from a surgery tied to years of previously undiagnosed pain, a jarring end to a close friendship and a persistent relationship to anxiety and childhood trauma. With all of that weight on my body I took an artistic plunge, overcame a fear and painted my "first" mural (as an adult). It may seem simple but there was something so needed about that project. It seemed to have snuck up on me but I haven’t looked back since. I’m so grateful for that opportunity, my collaborators and for every single person who has seen it and smiled."

Did you miss the live broadcast or want to share it with a friend? Click the thumbnail to the left, or access Chanel's Instagram post, to watch the recording at any time.

Chanel Thervil

Chanel Thervil is a Haitian American artist and educator who uses varying combinations of abstraction and portraiture to convene communal dialogue around culture, social issues, and existential questions. At the core of her practice lies a desire to empower and inspire tenderness and healing among communities of color through the arts. She's been making a splash in Boston via her public art, mixed media portraits, and joyful collaborations with institutions like the Urbano Project, Boston's Children's Museum, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and the Boston Center for the Arts.

Sabrina Dorsainvil

Sabrina Dorsainvil is an artist, designer and illustrator. She is currently the Director of Civic Design for the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Sabrina serves as a national board director for Creative Reaction Lab and vice-chair for the MAssArt Alumni Leadership Council. She has served as a visiting artist, panelist, educator and lecturer in a variety of spaces including the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Design Museum. She has a BFA in Industrial Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons The New School of Design and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects.

Read more about Sabrina in our Annual Report

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Black American Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This collection documents the experience of COVID-19 across Black communities in America. Its intention is to create a collective conversation of material for teaching and learning about the contemporary effects of COVID-19 among Black communities as it is tied to the historical legacy of race in America.

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