Drowned by Emma Kaveckis
Navy tshirt with white silk screening
Gilden 6400 Adult Eurofit (sleeker fit in shoulders and sleeves)
100% cotton ringspun
Preshrunk jersey knit
S - XXL
This piece was created with the intention of a message and so my starting goal was to convey that message. I also wanted to create a piece that was crisp and clean with high contrast. I think I was able to fulfill those goals in several ways. In creating this piece, I thought about this for awhile and came up with this drowning or perhaps already drowned character. I thought that the idea of someone struggling to get a break, but still slowly sinking was a good representation of the feelings surrounding teen homelessness but also the reality of the situation. I particularly wanted to incorporate the city into this piece for two reasons. The reason being that homelessness can mean the city is your home, but the second reason plays into the fact that the city is also large, looming and a terrifying place to be when you've got nowhere else to go. Because of these reasons I made sure to include a skyline that !oms in the background as a ever present reminder of the situation and a sort of evil. I also wanted the girl to be sink passed the city almost as if the whole city was watching, but none of them cared to help. The buildings just stand there forever fixed. Some of these reasons were same same as to why I choose to make it night. It sets the mood for something dark and depressing and that also relates to my choice not to include stars. I wanted it to be as if there is no hope which is how people in this situation often feel. The character herself is nothing special, however I specifically gave her a gag. One of my friends was homeless for a majority of last year and didn't tell me or anyone.
In fact they only opened up to me about it recently and spoke of how they had felt this need to keep everything in. I wanted to include the aspect of shame and fear that compels some homeless teens to often keep quiet about their struggle and I included the gag for that reason. In terms of the rest of the piece the girl is being dragged down by a weight with a dollar symbol. This goes back to the fact that the drawing character is unable to escape no matter how hard they struggle as they are weighed down by this financial insufficiency. The weight itself was meant to represent several things. In reality, it is money that often holds the homeless teen back from getting out of homelessness. It is like debt is eighing them down and so I visualized that. I also represent mentally how their mind is weighed down with thoughts of money, if they have enough, how they could get it etc etc.
In a way it is a representation of their fears. I used recontualization in this piece placing a drowning girl in what appears to be a city. This makes it feel a little whimsical and disorienting and I was mostly going for the disorienting as it feels strange to find oneself in such a situation and frightening. I used one reference which was a stock photo of a falling girl which was: girl falling freetoedit - Sticker by Hanjo Rafael linked here: https://picsart.com/i/sticker-girl-falling freetoedit-259862234015212