For the Call for Artists/Call for Social Change 3D public art proposal, I decided to create a quilt. The title of the piece is “The Dreamer”. It will be done with fabric and will be hung in UW2 on the right hand side as soon as you walk into the building. The piece will be hung freely on the wall. It will be 80 inches by 60 inches and will feature the colors in the above image (blues, greens, black, and white). This is a soft piece, so it would be considered safe among the community. This piece addresses the Call for Artists requirements because it challenges our understanding and frequent complacency with the social issue. The piece does not incorporate any stereotypical representations of homelessness. The piece is aesthetically interesting and is innovative.
This piece is significant to me because it inspires dreams and hopes. The person in the right corner on the bench represents a homeless person. This person is looking up into the sky at their hopes and dreams. I think the fact that it is not clear that the man is homeless makes this quilt appeal to everyone. The person could even represent you. It is just about hopes and dreams. I liked the idea of having different patterns of fabric because it represents fragmentation. The homeless person is separated from the fragmented sky. AKA he is separated from his dreams because of homelessness. To me, a quilt represents hominess and comfort, which is completely opposite of what homeless people experience, but is what they dream of. What motivated me for creating this work was seeing homeless people sitting on benches staring into space. I always wondered what they were thinking about. I gave this some thought and realized they were probably dreaming of a better life and future. I believe that my piece showcases deep meaning into the issues of homelessness and can create social change.