Current Wisdom

Current Wisdom

By From the April 2012 issue

Arty doings in downtown Chelsea, Michigan, involving such famous down-and-outs as the Buddha, Jesus of Nazareth, and even Kelly Clarkson:

Holy Faith Church, 6299 Ann Arbor-Saline Road in Saline, is hosting "Letters Home," an art installation about homelessness in America, through Friday.

The exhibit is the creation of area artist Susan Clinthorne and her sister, Sally Thielen, who together have been photographing and getting to know their homeless subjects in such places as Ann Arbor, Flint, Chicago, New York and along the West Coast. The two artists show the installation for free, making no money from the project.

The purpose of "Letters Home" is to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness and to break down an us-versus-them distinction for the viewer. It features life-sized, cut-out, black-and-white-photo portraits, as well as framed cardboard signs, a shopping cart, a cardboard "shelter" and a light box with a list of famous people who have been homeless—from entertainers like Kelly Clarkson and Halle Berry to religious figures like the Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth.
(February 9, 2012)


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