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.