The image and idea of the house is considered within my examination of nostalgia. The contradiction that is often the reality versus the dream is depicted in the strangely kinetic yet composite imagery of children standing, apparently isolated, vulnerable, in front of houses located in remote parts of Canada. They regard the viewer, they are looking for home. The tones are warm, earthy, somehow melancholic. I will continue to study how to depict this concept of searching for home- be it physical or psychological, while also striving to acknowledge other cultural perspectives.
Two girls stand in front of a plain house in Rossland, B.C. during the depression. They are thin and awkward, self-possessed and placid. They stand, planted in the grass, questioning a collective contemporary nostalgia that to me represents a global desperation to return to something apparently easier, better, as we confront with greater alarm an uncertain future. The girls' eyes act as a stabilizing factor, while their legs and feet emerge from the ground, as if they have grown out of the land, like plants. The softness of the pale green and yellow grass, combined with the shared stare of these girls, connects the viewer, for a moment, to something apparently rooted in what could be defined as home. Yet, like any home, these girls are imperfect, their imperfections deliberately displayed in faces and bodies depicted with bold tones and linear structure.