Drawings/Paintings > No Place Like Home

"Every time I go home, the potatoes in my mother's cupboard are sprouting."

Masked by a deceptive simplicity, the complexities of this statement haunt me. Its subtle implications capture the concept of this developing series of work: that I am no longer home and I feel a sadness and longing for a place that no longer exists. It constitutes my perpetual struggle to recreate or represent a notion of home, the anxiety of living up to family expectations and the tension I experience in my displacement and disjuncture.

The tension is something I am particularly interested in exploring because it is the different aspects of that which consume me. It emphasizes the strained relationships: growth despite nurture, or despite oppressive nurture, and my constant seeking of approval and acceptance. Then there is the tension of the gap of where I am from and where I am now—both physically and personally.

The Start
Charcoal on Paper
38x50"
2007
Waiting for You #2 (Detail- Right Side)
Charcoal on Paper
30x40"
2006
Waiting for You #2 (Diptych- Right Side)
Charcoal on Paper
30x40"
2006
Waiting for You #1 (Detail- Left Side)
Charcoal on Paper
30x40"
2006
Waiting for You #1 (Diptych- Left Side)
Charcoal on Paper
30x40"
2006
Waiting for You (Diptych)
Charcoal on Paper
30x40"
2006
Every time I go home...
Multi-Plate Etching
11x15"
2006
I thought I would feel something (II)
Screenprint Monotype
30x36"
2006
What if I told you I'm not coming home
Charcoal, watercolor, collage
11x15"
2006
A Hand Down
Charcoal, watercolor, collage
11x15"
2006
What you were like
Watercolor, graphite, acrylic, transfer
11x15"
2006
I don't know what to call you
Xerox transfer, watercolor, graphite, acrylic
11x15"
2006
I thought I would feel something
Watercolor, graphite, acrylic, transfer
11x15"
2006
No Place Like Home
Cut-Out Monotype
18x42"
2006
(Falling House)
Monotype
30x44"
2006
(House Sillouhette)
Cut Rives BFK, Thread
30x44"
2006