As I mentioned in an earlier posting, I am working on a Social Justice Series while continuing the series on prayer. The first piece in this new series is a small 12″ x 12″ piece titled “See Me.”
“See Me” is inspired by my interactions with men in the NYC faith based homeless shelters. The eyes of one of those men (Robert) come through an article about the increase in homelessness in NY. The idea behind the piece is the fact many New Yorkers spend their days trying to avoid looking at the homeless people on our streets and subways. We read the newspapers and feel bad about the rise in homelessness, but can’t deal with the individuals who confront us in person. The result is often someone reading an article about the increasing number of homelessness while deliberately avoiding eye contact with the homeless person sitting opposite him/her on the subway. In this piece, I wanted Robert’s eyes to come through the article so the reader sees a real person affected by the impersonal numbers contained in the text.
This piece will be available for purchase through the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) Auction starting September 20.