I Have a Name
Collage, mixed media on canvas board
Joan C. Thomson, UK/ USA
With this collage I address the feelings of invisibleness homeless people speak of, emphasizing that people who are homeless are indeed people - with a name. When my husband and I have been involved in a bit of street ministry, we've discovered that homeless people love to have people stop and ask their name, to talk to them - recognizing that they are people too.
The metallic paper cut in the shape of some architectural elements on buildings in the Leeds City Centre housing "posh" shops contrasts with the "dirty" pavement below- The "haves" contrasted with the "have-nots". The stars indicate people "sleeping rough", and most importantly, the fact that God himself knows the name of each one.