A native New Yorker, Audrey Dimola, started a unique endeavor a few weeks ago called the Compass Project: Guerrilla Poetry.
Dimola creates inspirational stickers with her own words, quotes, and poems and then “slaps” them (as she admits) all over New York City. Her hope is to reach places all over the world with her stickers, motivating people. Dimola, best known for her work as Managing Editor of arts/music/culture magazine, Ins&Outs, loves sharing her poetry and photography, while involving herself in projects that promote art and culture in Queens. In her blog she explains her project best, “I wanted to release my words to the world all the while knowing they were impermanent– they could get torn off, blown away, destroyed by the elements– but what mattered is that they were there, for however long they’d stay, even if it was just for a day.”
When I asked Dimola what inspired the Compass Project, she responded, “It came from an admiration of graffiti and street artists - how they modify the landscape with their impermanent works. Lately I’ve also been going through a sort of transitory time in my life, and it was liberating to give my words to the world without expecting anything in return, knowing that their impermanence could be okay, be beautiful. And the chance to randomly inspire or challenge someone with my words is really powerful as well.”
In the past, Dimola has stumbled across moving words at random places during times she needed inspiration the most. She hopes that people who run into her stickers will be challenged or inspired the same way she was in the past. Follow Audrey Dimola’s personal blog to learn more about the Compass Project and more.
If you see one of her stickers in NYC this year, let us know and send us a photo of it at info@HerHattanNYC.com.
Audrey Dimola of The Compass Project