Thirteen charcoal portraits by Adam Shires are on view accompanied by each sitter’s first-hand account of homelessness. Shires’ interest in the fragility of life is apparent and tied to his medium, saying ‘Through carbon, we capture the memories of carbon life and preserve them for an eternity of viewers, a reflection on the legacy of ourselves.’ The artist’s intention is not only to illustrate the pervasiveness of homelessness in Victoria but to inspire empathy for the people we often pass by or ignore.
The Meat Market
1 to 12 April, 2019
Adam Shires, Patrick, 2018, charcoal, 125 x 80cm
© the artist
Courtesy the artist