Posted: Feb 23, 2021 / 11:04 PM EST
Updated: February 23, 2021 / 11:04 PM EST
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A Middle Eastern artist had her work stolen from her garage immediately after its presentation.
“I brought it home from a show. I don’t normally store art in the garage, but I kept it temporarily while I made room in my art studio to bring it in, ”explains artist Latoya Marlin.
She lives on Jefferson Avenue on Indy’s Middle East side. She grew up in the neighborhood and praises it for being diverse, constantly evolving, and emerging. There she decided to buy her first home and set up her art studio. Marlin lost her brother to gun violence at a very young age and now works in the legal field. She only started creating art ten years ago after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She never expected her two career paths to collide in her garage.
“Of course I want to feel a little flattered because they saw it and thought, ‘Hey, that might be of value. ‘I was concerned and scared and wondered where it is, “explains Marlin.” It was put up for sale. It’s my hobby, but it also helps me to live. [The pandemic] has slowed down for a lot of artists because we can’t do shows. People pay their bills and don’t buy that much art. “
This is the second time her garage has been broken into. Marlin believes the suspect jumped over her privacy fence this time around and gained access to the garage by breaking a front door. A few days later, a neighbor two blocks away had a garage broken into. The neighbor was able to catch the person on surveillance footage, but it is currently unknown whether the two crimes are linked.
Along with the painting, the person stole gardening tools and a television that they wanted to donate.
“The painting is what worries me most,” explains Marlin.
Her piece was exhibited at an annual Meet the Artists exhibition in the Indianapolis Central Library in 2019. Just a few months ago it was on display at the Harrison Center.
“I never would have thought in a million years that anyone would steal it. It was actually in a row. The other two sold, “explains Marlins.” It has wood and leather. It’s about 30 by 40, and it’s black, white, and turquoise. “
Marlin posted pictures of the missing art on social media and they have been shared more than 300 times since then.
According to Marlin, once you have the painting you can take it to the Indianapolis Central Library and leave it with the curator. After seeing the painting, please contact the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
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