Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Kristin Calabrese

Fear of the Poor

Fear of the Poor

Kristin Calabrese. Fear of the Poor, 2005.

This is a painting of eight homeless people. I spent a week photographing homeless people in Los Angeles for this painting. I gave each homeless person $5 and asked them if they would pose as a monster for this painting. I photographed many more than I used. I made the people larger on top than on the bottom of the painting, so they would look like they are looming over the viewer. I painted this painting because, as a progressive, I was feeling conflicted by my negative feelings towards homeless people that I was having because of aggressive panhandling. I don't want to have negative feelings about the poor.


painting, people, poor

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Inglewood, CA
United States


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