Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ritter Center House

I am now working on a project that will benefit The Ritter Center. This is an organization located in San Rafael, California that serves low income families and the homeless. Link: The Ritter Center - Marin Homeless Safety Net - Home There are about 20 artists all making unique houses. When they are done they are going to be installed in public spaces and then auctioned off- all proceeds going to help The Ritter Center. My house is still being figured out but what I am doing so far is creating an upwards path going from the bottom of the house up to the roof. This line will metaphorically represent the long road both out and into homelessness. Like a weathervane floating above the house I am also going to create a figure in balance. Maybe this will be carved out of wood..not sure yet. Symbolizing the buoyancy of the human spirit to transcend but also the very real precarious reality of our lives. I have been reading several blogs on the web, all written by homeless people. It is quite extraordinary that now, not only can we read first hand what these people are going through but we can comment and have a dialogue by leaving comments. Us in our homes at our computers and them at pay per view internet cafes on the other side of the world. Here is a link to one that is really quite amazing. Link: The Adventures of Homeless Girl
I am taking some of words and ideas that seem to be occurring repeatedly in the stories of people who find themselves on the outside edges of society. Ideas such as feeling invisible, needing to be missed and the difficulty of living on the street and I am writing them into the surface of the walls of this house. Although the subject is a difficult one, I am focusing the look and feel of this house to be one of hope fullness. These pictures below are of the house in it's beginning stages.....

house 1

house 1.5

house 3


Deborah Ross said...

Nicholas, I'm so glad I found your work. You are where I want to go. Does that make sense? I love your simplicity, your thinking.
The houses are such a great idea to raise money for homeless people. And thanks for the directions to the homeless blogs.

Nicholas Wilton said...

Thanks Deborah! The houses were the Ritter Center's idea but I think it is going to be great--I am going to chronicle the progress of my house on this blog...I appreciate your connecting with my work- and yes I know exactly what you mean about seeing something in someone else's work that inspires you to head in a similar direction- where would any of us be without everyone else.?

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