Downtown East Side Youth is exposed to addiction, homelessness, sex work and crime. Many found themselves sinking into a depression and are constantly tormented by the horrific memories of abuse. They start using alcohol and street drugs which are readily available. They hardly ate. They rely heavily on local food banks and collect recyclable bottles to make some extra dollars.
It was mid June when I came across this poor fellow laying down on the street curb. He was motionless. All of his belongings were there with him. His skateboard had DEAD (with a broken heart symbol) written on it. He wore a red bandana and a blue cap. He was young fellow in his early twenties.
I see art as being an expression of personal experiences – seemingly major or minor. It is my interpretation of a single or a combined group of experiences that informs my creative process. I aspire to be flexible. I do not consider my interpretation or memory to be any more accurate or true than anyone else’s, which is why I say “interpretation”. While the process is enjoyable, making video art is relevant to me because of the freedom of expression it allows me, while also creating a piece that others will emotionally identify with.