Shelter in Place: a diptych
After a full year of my own “sheltering in place”…my attention turned to the houseless-ness that seems prevalent in many urban environments. The incongruity of the mandate to shelter in place coupled with the scarcity of available shelters strikes me as absurd. How could so many people hope to protect themselves and others without access to the basic requirements of a “shelter”? With the 2021 diptych ‘Shelter in Place’, I approach this subject by superimposing a dream-like, psychological desire for a ‘home’ or a ‘bed’ over the harsh physical reality of the street. In ‘Shelter’, a schematic rendering of a deconstructed house, nestled within the graphic symbol of a house, floats over a sea of colorful tent communities. In its counterpart, ‘Sleep’, the humanity of street sleepers is represented in B/W, whereas the bed they may be dreaming of floats in color above them. These works can be viewed together as one piece, as well as independently.