From Dec 8-Dec 19, we’re going to be spotlighting a different artist overcoming homelessness in our Artist Collective. We’ll be sharing their artwork and merchandise you can buy, their dreams/goals, as well as ways to make a direct impact in their life. Sign up for our daily feature via email or follow along with us on Instagram or Facebook this week!
Day 1 – Meet Beth
““When I started doing visual art, I started seeing the world for the first time instead of feeling like I was being watched or that everyone was looking at me. I’m a human sex trafficking survivor and a domestic violence survivor. Something heinous happened to me in 2013. Right now I’m working on this rag doll, which is giving me perspective on objectification, especially of women. This doll helps me to remember my body and myself as alive.”
Read more about Beth HERE.
Day 2 – Meet Gwen
“With the money I make through selling art, I would like to get something for the children I come in contact with on a daily basis. I am not able to really take care of every single child I see, but I will let God lead me to those I can be some help to. I know that art is God’s way of using me so maybe I can give the a picture.”
Read more about Gwen HERE.
Day 3 – Meet David
“Being a part of this community makes me feel like I finally fit in somewhere. It’s as if I’m actually wanted, instead of just existing. Some people even look up to me now, as a friend and as a leader.”
“One of my goals is to help men and women in similar struggles have a stable environment in which they can move on to a better live themselves. I believe Poverty & the Arts is a good starting point.”
Read more about David HERE.
Day 4 – Meet Luar
“I paint what can’t be seen with the eyes, but with a spiritual vision. When it looks as if I had not painted that, then I am manifesting the will of the beyond. We are all artists, creating is part of being human. We all express ourselves in many different ways. I have always shown a curiosity towards the new, the un-manifested and the mysterious. I remember being between 5-8 yrs. old and talking to God, to the sun and to the ocean as my friends when I did not know whether this was right, wrong or odd. This was real. More real than anything I can talk about today. I try to shed the social clothes placed on me when creating. The work I produce is a by-product along a journey following my heart in a constant present.”
Read more about Luar HERE.