SITE INSTALLATION I:
February 17-21, 2015 OUTsider Festival Austin, TX
“Home is where my habits have a habitat.” –Fiona Apple
“I don’t mean what other people mean when they speak of a home, because I don’t regard a home as a…well, as a place, a building…a house…of wood, bricks, stone. I think of a home as being a thing that two people have between them in which each can…well, nest.” –Tennessee Williams
“There is no place like home.” –L. Frank Baum
What is home?
[home[ is a documentary-style performance installation built on the question of “what is home?”. I, the transient artist, will construct temporal and fragile images of home by way of orienting and reinterpreting personal artifacts, found objects and my own queer body in space. My intention is to trouble the possibility that home can ever be fixed or static, but a process that runs alongside our endless navigation of living. To think home is to draw a boundary, a designation of personal and private against the onslaught of publicness.
As a queer person and artist, this question of home burns through my work, quickly moving forward while furiously searching backwards through the past. Queer people and artists are upwardly mobile. We have the capacity to make homes out of small resources and alternate communities. We have agency to re-orientate ourselves within space. As we get older, our memories reconstruct themselves to make space for the growth of our experiences. We hold on to one or two memories, which shape our world, while other memories fade in and out of focus, becoming a narrative mixture of truth and fiction. We place objects in our home as a particular way of constructing the memories we would like to have about this place. We group objects together and create artistic narratives about how we perceive ourselves and how we would like others to perceive us. We place mirrors in our home to make them seem larger. We find ourselves attached to anchors of safety. I tend to gravitate towards kitchen sinks when I am in someone else’s home.