Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Local Artist Uses First Place Students' Hands in 'Shelter Blanket' Project

Local artist Jan Gallagher used outlines of the hands of the homeless to create Shelter Blanket.

Some of the hands used were taken from the students at First Place. Here is a detailed view of a hand.
Here is Jan's Artist Statement about the peice:

Creating art is opening a suitcase that I have been dragging around all my life. It is a process of unpacking and letting go, of adding color to darkness, of softening hard edges.

Shelter Blanket is a fiber portrait. I see the homeless everyday. They are wrapped in blankets, searching for compassion. I see emptiness where hope once lived. I see someone searching for a place, not just a place to sleep, but a home.

Each year the Seattle / King County Coalition on Homelessness and Operations Nightwatch counts the unsheltered homeless. On the night of January 30, 2009 they counted 1,977 homeless in the City of Seattle. You may walk past them everyday and never see them.

In creating Shelter Blanket, homeless men, women and children have extended their hands. They have touched my life. Stand before my work, touch the quilt. Touch each hand. It holds a piece of their soul and may it touch you.



This is extraordinary work! Thank you, Jan!

Jan's work will be on display at the Public showing of the Fibermorgana UW Fiber Arts Certificate Program on these dates:
Thursday, June 4, 2009 from 5:30-8:30pm
Tuesday, June 9 and 23, 2009 at 5pm

University of Washington Tower 4th floor (old Safeco Tower)
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE Seattle, WA 98195

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