Written Proposal: My concept was an eye enclosed in a pair of lips. Since my idea was fairly straightforward, I didn’t have to use too many materials. The project was originally made from Palestine Clay. Since that particular type of clay takes an extensive time to harden, it is still possible to shape and alter the project so long as the changes aren’t too immense. Once I had the lips and eye formed from the clay, I used oil based paints to detail the project. Once the paint dried, basic colored markers were used to add more detail to the pupil and lips to give it a more realistic feel. The sculpture itself is 6 inches in length and just less than 4 inches in width. Its height is roughly 1.5 inches. Its base is constructed of cardboard which has a length of 6.5 inches and a width of 5 inches.
Artist’s Statement: Inspiration can be born from a number of factors. Someone we look up to can inspire us. A simple idea can be the initiator of inspiration. Even just one story with incredible substance can be extremely inspiring, but what about 20,504 stories? Each one is different and each one moving in one way or another. These stories are the driving force behind my project. 20,504 is a number that represents the population of homeless people in Washington State (2012). Of course, I can’t listen to every story involving homelessness, though it didn’t take many to change my dull outlook.
Before diving into homelessness, I had wrongly assumed that their population was a portrayal of failure. I never gave myself a chance to understand them. I realize now that in order to change myself effectively, I also have to change my perception. The more I listen to their stories, the more I recognize that they’re not failures at all. They are plainly people with dreams and aspirations. The story of their lives and adversity speaks directly to me and has changed how I see and grasp things regarding homelessness. There is much more than meets the eye… A story can give explanation to an image, but can that image give explanation to the story?