According to Wikipedia “home” is a place of residence or refuge. It is a place to provide safety and is used as a centre from which people or animals base their daily activities. It is a place to eat, work, rest, sleep and love.
When a home is subject to change or disruption, it can feel like the entire world collapses. What happens when the foundation of one’s existence, the starting point for all one’s daily activities is no longer the physical and emotional space it used to be?
Throughout my life I have moved house more times than I can remember. My grandfather claimed gypsy ancestry and would peruse the property section of the local newspapers daily. His aim was always to refurbish a house and once it was done to leave it and move on to another one. My family did not live in a caravan, but our lives were always in motion.
The subject of home and transformation, the tension between holding on and letting go, informs my practice as an artist. Made over the course of one year Home Is Where the Heart Is But What If It’s Broken? consists of photographs made with a camera phone after the collapse of a marriage and the coinciding illness and death of a close relative. It is a story about a sense of home narrated through the lens of loss.
It is human nature to nest and want to stay in one place. But people have within them also the urge to move forward and experience growth and change. How do you view your surroundings when the foundations crumble? Is home where the heart is? If it is, and if it breaks, how do you take it with you?