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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Homeless Art Scene

I'm not an artist by training, but living in NYC, one does become acquainted with art and the various aspects of the "art scene." So I recently was surprised to see a series of canvases in the park at night with no attendant artist. The mystery was solved yesterday morning, when I found this woman drawing and enjoying her work. She was in high heels, apparently the new requisite wardrobe item for artists :) Her clothes were neatly folded on her chair. She became aware of my presence taking photos of her and, at one point, looked up, smiled, and said good morning. If I see her again, I'll let her know that she's had her 15 minutes of fame (I doubt she has Internet access to see this post though). Lingering doubts about her homeless status were quelled last night when I found her sound asleep in her chair (sorry, no photo). Thinking this is the latest trend and that I was the last to know, I did an online search this morning of "homeless art scene," but it returned no results. However, an artist friend told me that there is a history of outsider artists which includes ones which were homeless.

12 comments:

olivier said...

elle a l'air fort sympathique cette dessinatrice. La voila celebre le temps d'une pause photo. beau coup d'oeil du photographe. Un peu plus on se croirait place du Tertre a montmartre

John Nez said...

Making art can be a wonderful way to escape, so I suppose it's exactly what one would need in her present situation. I hope her artworks sell and that she finds a home.

Velvet Sea said...

there's something about her that doesnt make it seem like she's homeless...not sure what.. maybe it's the ikea chair:
http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?topcategoryId=15585&catalogId=10103&storeId=12&productId=11055&langId=-1&categoryId=15940&chosenPartNumber=S59830628
it seems a bit unwieldy to be carrying around.

Brian said...

You're right - I still have nagging doubts about the whole thing. But she was sleeping in that chair one night. This morning, everything was gone. If I learn anything new or see this woman again, I'll add a follow up.
Brian

Youngstown Daily Photo said...

That's a sad story, but the amazing part is that this woman is still inspired to create art.

Anonymous said...

i think that her art is wonderful and that she should be professonal

Anonymous said...

Bill, first of all sorry for my poor english, I am form Brazil. Than, sory because of the subject of ny post here. I am a high heel shoe fetishist and that photo inspired me too much. She, that girl, is for me as a hidden treasure in NYC streets. Who is that hot sexy woman, who, despite of difficultiies in her life, wears sexy high heel shoes? If you see her again, say her I want to write to her, something like that. Nice photos, Bill, congratulations, amazing site. Regards, Celso Garder

Anonymous said...

I wanna correct at least my tiping mistakes.
Bill, first of all sorry for my poor english, I am form Brazil. Than, sorry because of the subject of my post here. I am a high heel shoe fetishist and that photo inspired me too much. She, that girl, is for me as a hidden treasure in NYC streets, squares, parks. Who is that hot sexy woman, who, despite of difficultiies in her life, wears sexy high heel shoes? If you see her again, say her I want to write to her, something like that. Nice photos, Bill, congratulations, amazing site. Regards, Celso Garder

Bruno X said...

If she created art portraying Dustin Diamond, I think it would sell very well.

Hugo said...

I will suggest, that you take pictures of her art and post them,then take offers for them,who knows she may become an accomplished artist, if you want email me the pictures and i will post them on ebay with her story, who knows what may happen, seems like you all ready found her a Brazilian boyfriend.

Ray said...

Hi. I am a homeless artist too. If anyone wants to buy some work or help me buy a house, that would be great! I'm easy to track down... probably just click on my name here to start your research... Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I started an art project in Sarasota,Florida Jan 2009 that allows the homeless to come 2 hrs every Thurs. to make art. Their art is incredible and people already want to buy it. Had an article in the Herald Tribune about it 5/13 which was wonderful. There are many wonderful programs helping the homeless create. My goal is to help them get a place to live/work so they can continue. Thanks for including this blog.
Janet Taylor