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Jason Leith “I draw these portraits on reclaimed objects that have stories somewhat parallel to the people depicted—stories of being found again and renewed. And in the end, I’m interested in the pos- sibility of re-imagining these people and this world in terms of a deep and pervasive sacredness.” —Jason Leith Leith’s mission is with the homeless; specifically, with the homeless in Los Angeles. By using found objects, trash, he is able to reveal the beauty that can be found in the abandoned. In similar way, Leith restores dignity and humanity to the homeless, also abandoned, by sitting with them cre- ating pieces of art from images of them. His work allows the observer to think about the homeless, the hungry, and the need to clothe the naked. By making beautiful pieces of art utilizing people, situations, and materials from which society turns away, Leith invites the viewers’ eye and thereby draws their attention to the reality of the homeless situation in LA. Learn more by visiting: http:// sacredstreets.org Angelo John Dawn-Robin 28 • The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.c om The Art of Faith Magazine • www.aofmag.com • 29