Kevin is decent
This is my drawing of Kevin, a homeless fellow I have got to know in the Melbourne CBD.
I have drawn him a few times, such as the drawing below. He has a remarkable face.
The second drawing started out as a large charcoal portrait of a man who has lived a storied life, enduring mostly tough times and hardship.
After many hours I finished the drawing, but it remained on my easel for a number of weeks. Whilst it was a decent drawing of a friendly man whose face told his story, it said nothing about how the world mostly judged him.
I then vandalised my drawing. Cheap yellow paint and a fat brush, with only an outline of his face as though that is all people saw. The word decent is crossed out and repeated. Kevin has spent much of his life trying to prove this baseline perception over and over again.
I showed Kevin the work and he cried and thanked me. He then told me how he is trying to rebuild a relationship with his teenage son, who was living on the streets with him, but they had just found a place to live.
He had hope, feeling strongly about the need to be close to his son at this time of life, something he didn’t have at that age.
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