These are the eyes of a person who was homeless.
Over the years I’ve made several large paintings of homeless people for a body of work entitled: Dídean/Home. Mostly I found images on the internet and in newspapers to use as references for these paintings, images that one might see on Sunday and have forgotten by Monday.
But by taking a small photo of someone and making a large painting of it, it adds significance to that person’s story.
Significance? Why is it mostly portraits of Lords and Ladies we see? Who is more important – the businessman, the bus driver or the community volunteer? During this pandemic, maybe we’ve begun to realise the essentials.
And as for the guy who is homeless – well, who knows what goes on in another person’s life, what circumstances, what trauma led to his present situation?
This post is part of the ongoing Covid Eyes art project
grant-aided by the Arts Council of Ireland