Over the course of five weeks, nine youth collaborated on a photo mural encapsulating what home means to them. They learned about photographic composition and editing, as well as took a field trip to Board & Vellum Architecture and Design and met with local artists to further their teamwork and design skills. The resulting artwork, titled A Piece of Me, was installed in the Epstein Opportunity Center at Yesler Terrace in October and will travel to other locations both within Yesler and across the city throughout 2019.
The photo collage is composed of a central figure, made of color photographs, surrounded by black-and-white pictures. The figure’s face is a composite image which includes elements of all nine teens’ faces. The figure’s body is made up of the youths’ self-portraits, as well as photographs of their hands holding objects that symbolize home to them. The figure also has an anatomical heart, hand-drawn by some of the teens using red and blue markers on transparencies. Framing for this piece was generously provided by Gallery Frames.
Each teen wrote an artist statement answering the following questions: What does home mean to you? How do the photographs you’ve taken reflect your idea of home? Why did you choose the object you photographed, and how does it reflect home? The artist statements hang next to the piece, so that viewers can have a deeper understanding of the meaning behind the photo mural.
Ultimately, the teens were impressed with what they were able to accomplish together in only five weeks, and excited to see their artwork on display in different venues across the city. We will be sure to update the blog as the photo mural is reinstalled in new locations!