The love between a mother and her children is a powerful force – and artist Jazmin Sasky has captured many aspects of that bond in a new art exhibit unveiled at the Westside Grand last evening. Home is Love will benefit vulnerable single moms and kids in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and Strathcona neighbourhoods, with 25% of the sales going to YWCA of Vancouver’s Cause We Care House. Located at 720 – 730 East Hastings Street, the development includes a library, YWCA community family program space, and 21 units of safe and affordable housing. Completion is scheduled for spring 2016.
The creations are the result of conversations Ms. Sasky had over 15 months with 50 women who are served by YWCA every day, who revealed the hardships, turmoil, and triumphs raising children alone in an often hostile and dangerous environment, and shared their feelings about the importance of home. The brightly-coloured works offer hope and inspiration in the face of adversity.
One of my favourites incorporates vibrant tiles imported from Jazmin Sasky’s native Argentina – and shows a mother hugging her child under the protection of a warm blanket. In reality, the couch is old and broken, but it doesn’t matter to this mother, who is simply grateful that she and her child are together.
Another piece that riveted many of the opening night crowd reflects the violence that so many women face every day – but with a powerful note of defiance as the mom shields her child and raises her hand to signal ‘Stop!’.
And above this moving scene, that mom’s words of hope and faith in what a real home means to her, outlined in Scrabble tiles. I kept coming back to this again and again.
Home is Love is an inspiring collection, beautifully presented, and supporting a great cause. Viewing at the Westside Grand, 1928 West Broadway, will be held from today through Sunday, February 15 from 10 am – 3 pm. For more information, contact YWCA Vancouver at 604-895-5800.