LCFF caught up with local Artist Elise Koncsek as she was taking down her installation entitled “My Home” this past week at the Lake City Mini Park. I asked Elise if she would be willing to share a bit about her project:
“My Home provides a voice for Seattleites experiencing homelessness to define the concept of “home” and publicly share their needs and interests for housing solutions. With this project, I aim to spark discussion about homelessness in our city and encourage inclusion of people receiving housing services in the designing of our service programs. This project was created in partnership with a group of fifteen family members staying at the Mary’s Place Family Center in the spring of 2016 and funded by Put the Arts in Parks, a Seattle Park District initiative. My Home was created in collaboration with Consuela Thomas, Sylvester Young Jr., Crissy, Haregu Kahsory, JR, Olivia & Hailey, Lwam Tesfay, Mya “Baby Girl” Haggard, Daniel “Bad Boy” Haggard, Tsedale Woldesemaya, Robert M. Stevens, Ayan Ali, Dahlak Andemariam, Karlie Taylor, Willie III, and the staff at Mary’s Place Family Center. Special thanks to Artech for their Public Art Grant which provided installation support and Zot Lasers for laser cutting services”
Lake City was fortunate to have two wonderful installations at the Mini Park this year including that of artist Melissa Koch.
For those not lucky enough to have time to appreciate Elise’s work, on the central figure is written “At my home” surrounded by speech bubbles. Phrases like “We’ll spend time with the kids”, “I’ll let my guard down”, “We’ll build traditions”, and “I’ll relax in a bubble bath” are just a few of the powerful statements. Thank you, Elise and all who worked on this project.