Members of the Studley SHINE group recently took part in a practical workshop which focused on the issues affecting homeless people. The students began by reading poems written by people who have experienced homelessness. The poems explored the physical difficulties faced, particularly in the colder months, and their feelings of isolation and desperation.
The group discussed some of the causes of homelessness, and tried to empathise with the emotions experienced. The students expressed this empathy by using only a body pose and blanket.
The students interpreted these body poses by making small clay figures. Next, they draped the figures in Modroc – a Plaster of Paris sculpting material – to suggest the blanket. The figures are almost completely shrouded and deliberately have no identity, only a desperate and lonely appearance.