Thank You Alicia Hernandez-Dispaux
One day when I was volunteering at the San Francisco International FIlm Festival, I met Alicia Hernandez-Dispaux. She and I were cleaning up after a FilmHouse party, and we hit it off immediately when we realized we share a love for irreverent, provocative art.
Alicia naturally fell in love with Jerome.
Alicia ended up leaving the US weeks after we met because her visa was expiring. Her passion for Jerome was so strong, that I made a promise to bring her back as a paid intern. Alicia went home, found a Belgian government grant through Bureau International Jeunesse, and together we applied. It was a grueling process applying for a JI-Visa, but we got it!
Digital Catalogue Raisonné
Alicia was paid to came back to the US and work intensely for four months building a database of Jerome's paintings (the Jerome Caja Digital Catalogue Raisonné). This is at the heart of preserving Jerome's artistic legacy, and it is a prototype we are using to funders and researchers in the art world.