© Push, 2019, Steel, 84 x 24 inches
This sculpture speaks to the struggle that the at-risk youth at George Junior Republic, and many youth throughout the world, experience.
“Collaborating with at-risk youth art students at George Junior Republic was lifechanging for me. Yes, I wanted them to be responsible. To be strong. To push through life’s challenges and any wall – real or perceived – that may stand in their way. What I did not know was that they were being responsible in their own way from their home environment: worrying about their sister being raped or a brother being shot, taking care of their mother, being estranged from an incarcerated father, and thinking that they will likely not live past the young age of 18. PUSH is about our need to help at-risk youth change their environment and the way that they look at personal responsibility for their actions and, in turn, the way we look at them.”