Presentation Title

Discovering Hospitality in an Ambiguous Home

Presentation Type

Poster

Department

Art and Art History

Major

Art

Abstract

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of home? How many layers are there in your definition of home? Throughout my research I discovered that every individual has some sort of personal, emotional, or even physical attachment to a location that most people would label as "home". I have also discovered that a "home" is not necessarily a physical place, but a home can be a smell, a feeling, or a memory. An individual's idea and perception is organic and multifaceted. One simple word can trigger seemingly endless layers of emotions and memories in so many different types of people. In this creative body of work, I aim to take a deeper look into my personal battle on the idea of home. I incorporate multiple layers of drawing, painting, and collage in order to represent the many layers of one's idea of home. For example, I incorporated maps to portray the physical location of someone's home. I also utilized human organs to represent one's emotional and physical attachment to their notion of home. Overall, each piece is meant to be perceived as a nostalgic memory. Even though each work of art is created from my own struggle with the notions of home, my hope is that it causes the viewer to reflect and remember their own home, and why their home is or was important to them. These pieces are not only meant to be viewed, but also to be experienced, perhaps through a simple stroll down memory lane or an unwanted journey back to a place that was once called home.

Faculty Mentor

Gretchen Batcheller

Funding Source or Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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Discovering Hospitality in an Ambiguous Home

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of home? How many layers are there in your definition of home? Throughout my research I discovered that every individual has some sort of personal, emotional, or even physical attachment to a location that most people would label as "home". I have also discovered that a "home" is not necessarily a physical place, but a home can be a smell, a feeling, or a memory. An individual's idea and perception is organic and multifaceted. One simple word can trigger seemingly endless layers of emotions and memories in so many different types of people. In this creative body of work, I aim to take a deeper look into my personal battle on the idea of home. I incorporate multiple layers of drawing, painting, and collage in order to represent the many layers of one's idea of home. For example, I incorporated maps to portray the physical location of someone's home. I also utilized human organs to represent one's emotional and physical attachment to their notion of home. Overall, each piece is meant to be perceived as a nostalgic memory. Even though each work of art is created from my own struggle with the notions of home, my hope is that it causes the viewer to reflect and remember their own home, and why their home is or was important to them. These pieces are not only meant to be viewed, but also to be experienced, perhaps through a simple stroll down memory lane or an unwanted journey back to a place that was once called home.