Rich People
Rich People
At the Crossroads Go This Way
At the Crossroads Go This Way
Cowards Will Give to Get Rid of You
Cowards Will Give to Get Rid of You
Keep Quiet
Keep Quiet
Sleep in Hayloft
Sleep in Hayloft
Bad Tempered Man
Bad Tempered Man
Talk Religion Get Food
Talk Religion Get Food
I Ain't Got No Home

series of graphite drawings on paper

each drawing 5 in x 7 in or 7 in x 5 in

2012

“Now I look around, it’s might plain to see/ this world is such a great and funny place to be/ Oh the gambling man is rich and the working man is poor/ and I ain’t got no home anymore”

— Woody Guthrie



Each drawing in this series is individually titled with a symbol from a visual language travelers and hobos used to communicate in the 1930s and 40s. One of these markings carved into a fence post or a tree trunk would warn other travelers against a mean landowner or recommend a certain home where they were always willing to share a hot meal.

 

These drawings are a reaction to the feeling of alienation that comes from a corrupt housing market and skyrocketing rents. Home, a word and a place that is supposed to represent comfort and stability becomes unmoored from that meaning and becomes vaguely threatening and strange.