Susan Grabel has a long tradition of social commentary in her work. Through it she explores the social and political realities of modern society and tries to evoke the complex web of feelings that these realities engender.
In the 1980’s while commuting to her job in Manhattan, she was confronted with the burgeoning population of homeless people on the streets. She then began a series of work on homelessness with the purpose of bringing the plight of these people to the fore and showing their humanity. “We usually ignore homeless people; we pass them by as if they were invisible. They represent the failures of our society and we don't want to face them."
Using clay and wood in narrative sculptural environments, Grabel captures the desolation, alienation and humanity of homeless people. She tells their stories of living on the edge of society, surviving as best they can on the streets. Through her work, she hopes to give them voice and agency.
Ceres Gallery is pleased to present "Homeless in the Land of Plenty - Redux."
For more information please contact:
Stefany Benson, Director