The Cookie Cutter House Project is based on a number of things. Houses and buildings appeared in my former work because I lived in an old, large city and became part of my subconscious. Recently, I moved to a totally new environment comprised of a mix of rural and suburban landscape. Overdevelopment and a lack of housing for the booming population are major concerns. In addition, when I did move, I left the only place I ever knew as “home” and I believe this project is helping me address and possibly redefine my thoughts on home and community.
During the holidays, my friend Julie gave me a lovely mug that came in a box that was equally pretty and worthy of keeping. I put the box on my art shelf and noticed a little house shape I cut out from a painting that was not successful (pictured at the top of this post). I put the little house shape in the box for safekeeping. A day or so later, I noticed the house sitting in the box and started to think of a whole pile of such shapes, living in this box, and connected by string and the term Suburban Sprawl came to mind. I started working on cutting out a large number house shapes for this project. Right now, I have mixed feelings about how these came out but still am interested in the concept of a number of houses connected by string.
I have other ideas for artwork for this project and would also like to include a public component. As work and ideas develop, I will post them. In addition, I will be blogging about thoughts I have on home, housing, and community. I hope you will join the conversation.