These 18 paintings represent the trials and sorrows of outcast people—the homeless, the hopeless and the forlorn.
They deal eloquently with real life tragedies.
Lucy tries to bring a glimmer of hope, to shed a little light, in these works.
This series is in the collection of Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, GA.
Please scroll down for Lucy’s introduction to these paintings.
“Everyone is touched by the plight of those who are without shelter and the dignity of a place to be, a place that can be called home. These works represent the way an artist responds. I try to create images that reveal human beings keeping their hopes alive by their togetherness, however fragile.
The small, cramped efforts of individuals huddled together calls for our help and yet their power, despite having little choice, can reinforce our own inner strength.
The paintings speak for themselves but you will notice the shopping cart as a ‘mobile home.’ The attempt to keep personal belongings close enhances self identity. The birthday ‘celebration,’ the phone call, the park as a touch of nature, the benefits of ‘soup,’ fire, boxes, even an old car as shelter all keep hope alive. The suffering, especially of children, has to be shown and contrasted with those that have. The card game indicates the spirit of play still breathes within. The players of any game act upon a chance to win.”—Lucy Janjigian on the “Homeless” Series, April 16, 1997.