Portfolio > Places We Call Home

This project was intended as a cathartic experience, an incantation to ease me through the troubling transition of leaving a place I called home for twelve years, the Bay Area.
Conducting informal interviews with friends in Portland, Oregon – my new home – I recorded my interactions with the interviewees, asking them to give me their unedited and emotional impressions of the places they call home. I encouraged the participants to elaborate on specific details of what makes their home a home: the layout, what they fill it with or how they decorate it, who lives there with them, the outside in contrast to the inside, the shape of the house or yard, the neighborhood, the general environment of Portland or geography of the Pacific Northwest, or even a reflection of somewhere they no longer inhabit but still consider home.
First using a camera to transform the interviews into visual information, I
painted corresponding mental maps for each impression gathered. While illuminating the complexity of the individual’s concept of home, I hoped to both absorb and actuate my own sense of home in my new surroundings.

Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, graphite + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, graphite + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, graphite + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, graphite + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, colored pencil + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2010
Childhood Homes + Dream Houses: Doug + Didi Davidovich, detail
Gouache, colored pencil + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2009
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, colored pencil + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2009
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache, colored pencil + airbrush on paper
30" x 40"
2009
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache + airbrush on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
Walking, Routines and Stuff: Sarah Barner, detail
Gouache and airbrush on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache + watercolor on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
Native, Warm, and Green: Laela Wilding, detail
Gouache + colored pencil on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
graphite drawing reflecting friends varying senses of what elements make up their home
Graphite + colored pencil on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
It's Always Summer in the Yard: Jean LaRosa, detail
Graphite + colored pencil on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
Water media painting about friends varying senses of home
Gouache and spray paint on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010
Willits, Portland, and Everything In-between: Ryan Pierce, detail
Gouache + spray paint on paper
22.5" x 30"
2010