Project Description

Jane Evershed | Click on image for more details

Artist’s Statement The initial inspiration for my work was my experience as a young white girl living in South Africa during the years of racial apartheid. I expressed my horror at the social injustice I had witnessed by painting my Dream for South Africa series. As I painted my next series, I realized that oppression isn’t limited to race; it can also be a condition of the homeless. This painting was inspired by the plight of my twin sister, who was unable to collect unemployment because we both had been given the same social security number! As a result, she and her three children found themselves homeless. Fortunately, they have since recovered from this disaster, which illustrated to us that homelessness can happen to anyone.