By: Ella S.

12th Grade, Booker High School, Sarasota, Florida,

Artist Statement

Homelessness sits at the nexus of isolation, vulnerability, and stigma. Passersby often ignore the issue at hand and reinforce that “outsider” perspective through stares and chatter, bringing only negative attention to the unbound members of society. However, judgment is unfair as we don’t truly know what everyone goes through. Through my art I wanted to convey that sense of purpose: Unapologetically free. Free of mind, free of self, and free of responsibility. Or perhaps a sense of ease and peace representing the freedom available. I chose an untraditional route in advocating such an important social matter. Choosing to display positivity rather than negativity because the Earth is home for all living matter and that’s what we all share.