When I saw these giant coffee bean bags
on “Artists Trading” at ShoeboxPR
I knew their texture could unite
the figures seeking sanctuary.
(Thank you, Virginia Broersma)
The impact will build as figures amass,
2 or 3 per month until summer.
In this one, a bean bag becomes
a basket carrying a child.
I wanted the woman to have dignity,
resolve, a way forward…
So I gave her a cellphone.
(This detail also shows her dress
made of 2 dozen canvas pleats.)
The emotional heart is the baby
peeking out to a place
that might not welcome them.
Each piece is around 7 feet tall,
too big to photograph indoors,
so this one is on my backyard fence.
(The streaks are light coming through.)
The woman’s face – charcoal and pastel –
has a gentleness that belies her journey.
Combining drawing and pastel
allows the raw linen texture to show.
With one hand the child holds on to his mother…
…while the other hand, roped to the bag,
clutches a toy bunny.
Here is the emotional heart of this piece.
A ray of sun streamed over the fence
to guide them.