Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips
Life-sized portraits of the homeless using graphite and charcoal.
The drawings are an attempt to explore how we utilize objects to make spaces truly ours. In particular, I have become fascinated by the juxtaposition of this concept and individuals who do not have spaces of their own. Much in the same way that the placement of my couch or lamp in my living room allows me to make my apartment a home, the measured and thoughtful placement of objects on the sidewalk or street stakes a claim. This body of work seeks to draw attention to the simultaneous absurdity and adroitness of a homeless person marking and possessing a public space. By isolating my subject matter from context, I hope to explore the almost joyful irrationality of the situation, attempting to bring directly into focus the emotional and spatial interactions that allow these transitions from negative to positive space to occur.