Finding Home

Whisper at Dusk in Graying Light (2007, 20x19”, 27x26”)
To a Place I’d Never Been (2008, 12x20”, 19x26”)
Was All So Different Then (2008, 13x18”, 20x24”)
Breathing out, Breathing in (2007, 9x12”, 16x18”)
Slow Clouds Pass Us By (2008, 11x16”, 20x22”)
Wanting to Believe in a Premonition (2007, 15x18”, 22x24”)
Disturbing the Night with an Exhale (2007, 12x21”, 19x27”)
In the Half Light (2008, 7x10”, 14x16”)
At the End of Things (2008, 7x11”, 14x17”)
Wander and Vanish (2007, 9x13”, 16x19”)
Missing What’s Gone (2007, 7x11”, 14x17”)
Something Much More Here (2007, 18x21”, 25x27”)
Alone...So Connected (2008, 8x11.5, 15x17.5”)

From 2007 until early 2008, I worked on a suite comprising twelve prints that explore the notion of home as it continues to evolve over our lifetime. This was progressively influenced by the gradual decline and death of my mother, emptying her home, and moving inherited belongings from Canada to my US residence. Underscored by directed and dramatic lighting, these everyday items were monumentalized but discharged of their surroundings, making their permanence questionable. Borrowing from themes in Nomadic Landscapes, Finding Home continued my search for placement through life movements grounded by images of familiar, interior, and domestic objects. French philosopher Gaston Bachelard articulates this concept beautifully in The Poetics of Space. Speaking of things that appear to have their own psychological life, he writes: “They are hybrid objects, subject objects. Like us, through us and for us, they have a quality of intimacy” (p. 78).