Faces of Recovery: From Signs to Portraits

About a week ago, I talked to Garvin Thomas of NBC Bay Area Proud. This short video encapsulates how sketching lead to observations and questions, and how that led to the Faces of Recovery project.  For me, the answers always come through drawing. Perhaps because it is my first language. Or maybe because it is a universal one. 

This is just the start of what I hope will be a long collaboration with the members of Recovery Cafe San Jose in drawing their portraits and telling their stories. garvin_thomas_bay_area_proud.jpg

My sketches are just one part of the Faces of Recovery exhibit. The other half is black and white photographic portraits by Lisa Willmes, Program Director at the cafe.

One day we hope to take these portraits and stories to people everywhere: to hang a gallery of them in corporate offices, in city halls, in community centers… If you can’t come sit down and talk to these incredible people, we’ll bring them to you.

Framing and hanging shows takes money. If you know of an art grant we could apply for or a program or corporate sponsor who will be interested in supporting this project, let us know.

Meanwhile, I plan to keep drawing and recording stories. Lisa already has about 60 portraits and she’s not planning on stopping either.

Here is a direct link to the video: https://www.nbcbayarea.com/on-air/as-seen-on/faces-of-recovery-san-jose-artist-sketches-those-battling-homelessness.html

Find every story I’ve recorded so far here.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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5 Responses to Faces of Recovery: From Signs to Portraits

  1. Such an amazing project Suhita! I would like to watch the video clip but the link didn’t work for me. Any ideas?


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  2. Brava! Very inspirational.

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  3. miatagrrl says:

    You’re my hero. ❤

    – Tina

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    • Tina, thank you, just taking these projects where they go… I think about these things for years, with only a vague idea of whee it can go, then one day it all comes together. The common thread is always drawing on location, being out and about drawing where people can see me draw and I can draw and interact with them.

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