Structure Out Of Chaos
Mary Lou Uttermohlen
December 10, 2022 – December 24, 2022
Opening: Saturday, Dec 10, 6:30 pm
STRUCTURE OUT OF CHAOS documents chronically homeless Americans living in non-traditional dwellings. It’s a paradox of visiting the unhoused, in their homes with the intent of shedding light on our domestic humanitarian crisis. The goal is to inspire an informed discourse about American homelessness.
The federal government’s response to chronic homelessness is a rapid rehousing program. However, two of the three factors creating the situation cannot be solved with housing. Those factors are severe mental illness and substance use disorders, which tend to be intertwined. After being housed these unresolved issues lead many back to the streets like a revolving door.
This work focuses on barriers to ending this epidemic by humanizing the people trapped in the cycle. If we continue ignoring vulnerable people, then this trauma will proceed unabated. A shift in social consciousness is required to end American Homelessness and this series strives toward that goal by being a platform for people without one.
Image: Mary Lou Uttermohlen