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Rich People
Rich People
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At the Crossroads Go This Way
At the Crossroads Go This Way
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Cowards Will Give to Get Rid of You
Cowards Will Give to Get Rid of You
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Keep Quiet
Keep Quiet
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Sleep in Hayloft
Sleep in Hayloft
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Bad Tempered Man
Bad Tempered Man
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Talk Religion Get Food
Talk Religion Get Food
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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.