We have it down to a global science – raging conflict or disaster strikes and we drape a tarp over the heads of our refugees left with nowhere to go – a tarp expected to become a roof over their heads until they can return home or create a new one. And then satisfied with the great humanitarian work done, we turn our attention towards the next media buzz, letting the tarps slowly wear and droop as the years pass. One, three, seventeen years later – the conflicts and disasters seem endless, as do the tarps, taking shape around the people they are meant to shelter. We turn our gaze away until we don’t have to see them as the whole people they are, the people they could have been, if only we had looked closer when they reached out for help.

Sculpted blue tarp, scale: 6' height

Exhibited in the Product Design Loft at Stanford University
“Love the concept. Appreciate the simplicity & frankness of the idea...feels powerful.”​

“It’s quite on point and real. I would love for this to be placed in an actual environment where such a tarp would be and keep monitoring how it degrades over time.”  

“Feel like there is someone inside coming at me. And as I look at it closely I’m not sure if it’s just one or multiple people. And then the coming at you feeling kind of goes away and it’s more like entangled, battle, struggling, something in turmoil inside under the tarp. It’s really up to interpretation… which is wonderful. Super powerful. I wonder how people who don’t know context might react.”


Critical Response