The image of home is a powerful, archetypal symbol for finding our truest self, or soul. We all have this profound longing to find home, a place of deep belonging. To come home is to find a place where you can truely be yourself and to be home is to have a refuge from all the outward expectations and be in a place where you can listen to your own heart. When we are in touch with our our inner selves home can be wherever we are at that time.
The 100 Houses Project that I am working on is a long-term project that began with the question “What is home?”. The idea for this project started with a profound dream I had when my family and I were leaving a home that we had lived in for ten years. This was a place where I had given birth to both of my children and where my husband and I grew from being a couple to becoming a family. Unfortunatly, it wasn’t economically viable for us to stay so we chose to leave because my husband got a steady job up north. I had packed all of our belongings into a moving van and we had our last sleep in our empty house. That night I had a dream that I was living in a house on a bridge. I thought the dream was such a profound visual metaphor for what I was experiencing in that moment because I was no longer staying in this home but I wasn’t at my new place either. I was in that in-between place. This got me thinking of the home as symbol for the soul and how the only steadiness we have is our inner strength. In The 100 Houses Project I use the symbol of the house as a way of expressing the steadyiness of our inner homes or selves as we head out on our life’s journey.
My plan for The 100 Houses Project is to create 100 different lino-cuts of houses in a unique setting or circumstance. Each house has an edition of only twenty.
This is a small sample of the houses I’ve created so far and all of my houses are on my etsy site.