Friday, May 2, 2008

Houses and Homes - An Installation

My first installation was about my interest in women as homemakers. I love the raw simple mudbrick houses of west African women. After the rains each year they re-paint these houses with limestone and water with their hands. Without romanticizing these tough women, this installation seeks to find resonances with these dignified women and their innate sense of style, design and colour.

House: A structure serving as a dwelling for one or more persons, especially for a family.
Skeletons of earth, wood or steel, fleshed out by
decoration, the woman’s touch across the world, same, same.
The feminine – circles and curves, clothing, jewelry, colours, textures.
Houses reflect feminine choices, worlds, security,
Within different realities and environments,

Special places within, smaller, secret.
A room, cupboard, a drawer, a box
Or thoughts within the rooms of our minds.

Homes, family places, sanctuaries that nurture.
Places of relaxation and unmasking of true selves.
Intertwined with happiness and sadness

This installation was in the exhibition TART 2007. It showcased art from the graduating students from Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.

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