RELEASE, will be on view for the last two weeks of October in Chicago's Lillstreet Art Center Textile Department Gallery and then atop the center in the Rooftop Project Space from November 1 - December 14. Work will be viewable from the CTA Montrose Brown Line elevated tracks and Metra Train tracks, as well as Montrose and Ravenswood Avenues.
Home is where the heart is. Home is where you hang your hat. There's no place like Home.
For people all over the world, the concept of Home is an ever-present truth. The details may differ from culture to culture, but it plays a distinct role in our lives regardless of these differences. From the time we are born to the time we die, we are confronted with the homes that are provided for us, the homes we leave, the homes we return to, and the homes we make for ourselves.
In “Home,” artists Kay Healy, Brenna K. Murphy, and Emily Manalo Ruiz invite us to consider what Home means to us and how the parameters of its meaning can change. They explore this question in a variety of contexts and mediums, through the lens of emotional experience, cultural code, memory, and nostalgia. They are particularly interested in the inherent materiality of Home. Domestic furniture and objects, textiles, everyday artifacts, and even the human bodies that occupy our homes are investigated in an effort to understand how these aspects of the physical world affect the intangible realm of human psyche and emotion. How can a doily inform our understanding of Home? Or an armchair? Or a collection of old letters? In a world of increasing mobility and instability, how could a different set of physical attributes in our home change its emotional significance for us?
Home is a conundrum. For many, it can be simultaneously fixed and shifting, desired and rejected, and in the realm of both material and immaterial. Cultivating a sense of Home that goes beyond satisfying the need for mere shelter is a distinctly human experience, one that continually captures our imaginations. Whether our domestic life is filled with love, or neglect, or simple mundanity, we are intrinsically bound to our concept and experience of Home - its influence on us is ever-present and uniquely profound.
Proceeds benefit artists & Drexel University's Arts Administration Graduate Association whose mission is to help develop Drexel University’s Arts Administration students into successful leaders in the Arts and Culture sector. Funds raised throughout the school year allow them to financially support students attending National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington D.C.
General Admission: $15 // Snow Date: March 7th
Honored to be the featured artist for November at The Resource Exchange - one of my favorite local sources for salvaged materials. Please support their awesome mission and staff!
The Resource Exchange is a nonprofit reuse center dedicated to promoting creative reuse, recycling, and resource conservation by diverting valuable materials from the waste stream and redirecting them to artists, builders, educators, and the general public.