As an invited artist to the East Cut’s January Art show, Home/Sick, I selected a collection of pieces that speak both to the familiar + warm feelings of home, while also distorting + transforming a these visions. In responding to the prompt (shared below), I understand that memories and nostalgia can be warped by the passage of time, and reflected that in these altered realities of surburban and urban contexts.
The exhibit itself was 29 framed, inkjet prints ranging in size from 8” x 10” to 24” x 36”.
Home/Sick is an exhibition that explores the production of different dimensions of experience through recollection of the past and speculation about the future.
The emotional state of homesickness is reflective of the strength of one’s attachment to feelings, experiences, places, or events that are usually associated with the concept of home, and that are longed for in their absence in the present.
While the curatorial impetus for Home/Sick is grounded in a particularly
intimate mood, this is merely a point of departure for more expansive themes, ranging from concrete realities and lived experiences to reflections on the social imaginary and utopian alternative narratives.
Work that addresses the challenges and potentialities of the intersectionality of past, present, and future; socially engaged and political art; use of methods that evoke the ambiguity of homesickness; and art that confronts the context in which it is made are just a few examples of artistic interrogations that are encouraged.