INVISIBLE, 2014
Temporary polyester installations
Dimensions Variable

Digital Inkjet Prints from Scanned Negatives, 20" x 20"

 

Statement

While location scouting in the downtown core of Hamilton, I began to notice isolated areas on fire escapes, under benches, and on rooftops where items like tattered blankets, socks, and deodorant could be found. Despite these locations being void of the persons who might claim these objects as their own, these clear indicators of homelessness evoked for me a profound understanding of the presence of these individuals and their marginalized place in our world. Every year, mental health becomes more of a pressing issue socially and politically. Both the historical ignorance of these diseases, and the social tendency to shun those negatively affected by mental issues have created a stigma so large that, more-often than not, forces these individuals onto the street. This tendency has undoubtedly debilitated the progress of homeless persons trying to get back on their feet, and contributed to the larger issue of institutionalized poverty in the industrialized western world.

Invisible is an installation based photographic series that documents an active intervention in the public space that symbolically visualizes the mental states of this massively overlooked portion of our population. Each temporary installation served to occupy space and critique the rapid force of gentrification that continues to push the poor and homeless away from the spaces they once called home.

In some schools of psychological thought, the colour yellow is often associated with psychosis and the active subconscious and thus this work seeks to provide visibility to these otherwise ignored individuals, to show that their wellbeing and health matters, and that their mental states affect the world around them.