These 4 pieces of art are painted on 4 scraps of brown cardboard. They are my attempt to depict the homeless and the way we as a society tend to view them.
The first depicts a container with a solitary figure sitting in the gloom, it’s a look at the struggle some people make across land and sea to seek refuge, a future and hope.
The second looks at a homeless person sleeping in a cardboard box, cold, alone, hiding away from the world, trying to be transparent as much as possible.
The third shows a homeless person begging next to a shop window “Look at Me Fashion Ltd … Must have designer shoes from only £200” The irony is obvious, the cup with “Spur chang Ta” hoping to catch some coppers thrown in by passers by. One coin lands short and the other is stuck in between the gap. I suppose the coin in the gap is a metaphor for how homeless people are stuck in the gap of society. The whole piece is of course about being in desperate need being homeless whilst still needing to survive in a world of greed and vacuous navel gazing.
The fourth has little painting on. Yet the cardboard box, the packing tape and the caption reading “RIP – Unknown Person. A child of the world lost but not forgotten. Born – ? Died – Today”. I suppose in many ways this says enough. Yes people die each day, this homeless person was never known, untraceable yet the caption suggests they won’t be forgotten yet nobody knew their name. At the end of their life they return back to the cardboard box they spent most of their struggles in.
Homelessness – a fear we all must share.
As a transgender person I understand prejudice and bigotry. I also understand the fine line between life and death especially in times of darkness. I have often been terrified of being homeless due to how tough it is to integrate being trans into life, my hang ups and fears end up potentially becoming a vicious spiral. The threat of being homeless surrounds more than just trans people of course, it is not very far away from many people in the UK.
Thankfully I’ve had some luck and been able to put food on the table and a roof over my head. All the same my heart goes out to those who are homeless, it’s a massive problem in the North West of England, ironic when we are all living cheek by jowl with some of the richest people in the country.
If you want to help homeless people take a look at a local North West Charity The Brick Project