Untitled, mixed media house

I’ve been thinking about homes and houses, inspired by some of the crafty creations I see in publications such as Somerset Studio and Cloth, Paper, Scissors, but also inspired by life: inheriting my mother’s house, working on homes for Habitat for Humanity, and probably just the general reflectiveness that can be expected when one turns thirty.

The result of all of this was to make a work that was a meditation on the major addresses of my life:

  • Chicago, Illinois—where I was born
  • A large lake house in the country
  • A twee house by the railroad tracks “in town”
  • A major move to the state of Florida
  • My Pennsylvania college town, where I lived for three years of university and two years post
  • My year abroad in the north of England
  • The return to city-livin’: two years in Philadelphia for grad school and three years in Baltimore

Yesterday’s “sneak peek” showed you some of the details of the house, but now I’m able to share the whole thing:

Untitled, mixed media house (exterior)

& I invite you to step inside my creation and explore more:

Untitled, mixed media house

While the whole thing pleases me, obviously, I am particularly proud of three pieces in particular:

My altered dictionary page with a sketch of an autumn tree:

Untitled, mixed media house (exterior detail)

Using my personal photographs and not just ephemera or other found images:

Untitled, mixed media house (exterior detail) Untitled, mixed media house (exterior detail)

The “happy accident” of painting this illustration of Baltimore’s Bromo-Seltzer clock tower with polyurethane and the transparent quality it gave to the book page:

Untitled, mixed media house (exterior detail)

As always, comments are welcome both here on the blog and on Flickr. If you’re stopping by from Mixed Media Monday, a special shout out to you! Welcome and thanks for stopping by :)

Thanks for reading!

Published in artwork on Friday, May 23, 2008
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  1. Friday, May 23, 2008, at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Very interesting! I appreciate the personal references and reflections!

  2. Friday, May 23, 2008, at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    I love it! I’ve always wanted to try making this style of crafty mixed media art – I drool over the same magazines and think “you should do that” but never do. Your creation belongs in those pages!
    I love the way you told a story so well. And I don’t think I knew that you’d lived in Baltimore… did I just forget that?

  3. Friday, June 13, 2008, at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    I love this house! Really nice close ups, etc. love your work!

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