The Mission Condition: Outwardly Mobile
A mural + assemblage collaboration with Dustin Fosnot. It is a poetic expression of the precarious state that many communities find themselves in because of the current real estate speculation and the gentrification of San Francisco.In the painting, evicted houses, single rooms lost to airbnb, shopping carts, boxes, Occupy-tents, all sorts of City dwellings teeter on stilts and flimsy mobiles.
Some of the painted houses were based on actual households in jeopardy at the time, and the stilts they rest on are planted in a gold-colored baseboard at the foot of the wall.
Through rescue by tenuous rope ladders, Dustin Fosnot's tree houses are a cozy arrival point, an escape from the painted rickety stilt-houses.
Part bohemian dream, part favela, the cozy, lovingly furnished and lit dwellings on an upside-down tree are an "Invisible Cities"-like idea of a place: it's the community we carry within, the warmth we will bring to our place of arrival after our uprooting, whatever and wherever it may be.
The elevated position of the tree houses is either hopefulness or irony, depending on your level of optimism, as the upward-swinging rope ladders cast a downward shadow on the wall, representing our fears, as we notice the likely direction of our mobility.