"I am a house"

2008

My work is significantly linked to story-telling; stories express emotions, communicate, and form bonds of empathy with the audience. These stories center on how our identities are shaped by our family, home, childhood and the places we live in. The stories are inspired by autobiographical references and collective experiences.

The works on paper, grouped as "I am a House," address our relationship with our homes. These drawings and paintings depict ambiguous scenes, with an implied narrative in a cartoon-like drawing style. Visually, these images examine the symbiotic relationships we have with 'home,' often complicated by the physical structures of houses as commodities.

Several of the images depict the same woman acting out various relationships with her house. The houses are shrunk down to sizes just beyond manageability for our protagonist, and she struggles to move them from one place to another. In "Home Sweat," the woman strains to push a house up a steep cliff, while in "This is a catastrophe," she screams in horror as her house falls off a step, shattering like glass. Her stories oscillate between tales of yearning and her desire to destroy concrete connections with the object itself. In a larger image, "Always Welcome," she solves the problem of moving the house by blowing it up, but goes to far by attacking several houses.

Other images address the relation of the house-structure to the body/biology. In "He died of Consumption," an anatomical drawing shows a human figure made entirely of objects and the veins that connect them. The objects range from trophies, pets, electronics, to food and a house. In "Where the heart is," a house has been surgically opened to reveal its heart, the artery mysteriously severed and leaking, but a bar-b-que still in progress. While the ambiguities of the images are open to interpretation, the relationships we have with these objects is clearly dubious.

 

 

 

 

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