This is Home

In 2015, I completed and exhibited a series of paintings and interviews that I called  “This is Home.” My interest in home and how we depict home began many years ago with a painting my great-grandmother made of my Grandmother’s childhood home. This painting on ceramic hung on the wall in my Grandparents' dining room and I was always very curious about it. In the first iteration of “This is Home” I was particularly curious about the ethereal idea of home (what feels like home) and how that relates to a physical place. Through this series, I am interviewed residents across the Chicago and made paintings of their homes. I have chose in particular to interview people who are long-time residents of Chicago and to create paintings, which reflect what feels special about those homes to their inhabitants.

A painting from the first series featuring the home of Mel and Angie  

A painting from the first series featuring the home of Mel and Angie  

Building on that completed work, I am now undertaking a second phase of my “This is Home” project, in conjunction with my full time job as an architect. This second phase will explore the opportunities and challenges for older adults as they make a new home in assisted living communities, that our firm has designed. I will interview residents in these facilities and identify the elements of these facilities that resonate with their idea of “home”, and the challenges presented by moving into a more institutional setting. Based on these interviews, I will develop a series of paintings which would attempt to capture elements of the facilities touched on in resident interviews. Following the completion of the interviews and paintings, I plan to develop a lecture based on this work. I look forward to sharing the completed work in the future.

A painting from the first series, featuring the home of Rudy   

A painting from the first series, featuring the home of Rudy