Amy Danford was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Havertown, Pennsylvania
When I think of the word “home”, I am unable to pinpoint one location or thing. Home has been the Midwest, New York City, New Jersey, and now Pennsylvania. However, home doesn’t necessarily mean a brick and mortar building to me. It’s both physical and emotional – the world I live in, the cities I’ve lived, my body, community, and so much more. Home has sometimes meant living amongst millions of people or living quietly and on my own. At times, it has felt chaotic, confusing or unknown. Mostly, home has helped me understand my place in this world, where I explore and feel inspired, and where I rest my head at night. Home is being at peace, which leaves me feeling whole.
About Amy: I took my first art class at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1980. I was five years old and remember thinking what a wonderful, safe place the museum was. I think I knew then I would someday work in museums. For the past 18 years, I have worked as an art therapist and museum educator in New York City, Cincinnati and now Philadelphia…dabbling in my own art whenever possible. I’m inspired every day by my students, my husband and two boys (ages 11 and 7), and the world around me.
Tracy was born in New Jersey and currently lives in New Hampshire
For me, home is an interesting concept. I have moved a lot since I left for college at 19 or 20 years old, and I travel as much as I can. Most of my travels involve sleeping in a tent with my husband or friends, so my piece shows two of the last permanent structures I have or currently live in, but the rest are places I have laid my head around the country and world. These places all have special meaning to me, and I take a little bit of each of them “home” with me, either in the form of pictures or souvenirs that remind me of the places I’ve been. I feel grounded in my current space, and enjoy coming inside after a walk in the woods, but I will always consider home wherever my loved ones are, where my head hits the pillow, and where my pets are.
About Tracy: I am a biologist, so I love to spend time in the outdoors and take
photographs of wildlife and nature to share with family and friends. I also recently became a beekeeper, and can be found watching the bees come and go from their hives as they pollinate my garden and make delicious honey. My husband and I also love to travel, and are out exploring near and far as much as we can. See Tracy’s Blog Here
Marlene was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and now resides in Glenside, Pennsylvania.
Comforts of Home: Tea is about what a home is, as connected to drinking tea.
There are many things that make up a home and collecting beautiful objects that remind us of special times with family and friends is especially important to me. For this work, I drew upon the various teapots that I have collected over the years.
It is nice to share your home with family and friends and this is often expressed in the simplest ways through sharing a cup of tea. Tea provides meaningful time to sit with family and friends to catch up on life. The time it takes to prepare tea provides me with the opportunity to unwind when I am feeling tired or a bit under the weather. Drinking a hot cup of tea to relax in the comfort of home is one of the distinct pleasures of life.
Written on the teabag in my work are the Hebrew letters that form the word for life (chai). I chose to add this detail because tea is a big part of my life.
About Marlene: I am an art educator and have taught art in public schools and presently teach art in a private school. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of the Arts.
Cindy Fabbioli lived most of her life in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey.
I was considering calling this piece the kitchen sink because that is about the only item that is missing in my house. To me, home can be any dwelling that is filled with love, warmth, security and plenty. Home should allow true comfort with the freedom to express yourself, and the support and encouragement needed to become your best self. My interpretation is a mosaic of mundane household bits displayed in a haphazard manner. Elements of mechanical, personal, arty, educational, electronic, domestic, analytic, monetary, creative, botanical, industrial, measurement, pharmaceutical, earthy, superstitious, gaming, decorative and utile natures have been included to illustrate the chaotic order of life and my home. I have always kind of prided myself on having whatever anyone ever needs…
About Cindy: I have lived in Mount Laurel, New Jersey for much of my life. I have very fortunate to have grown up in a very happy and unusual household. Our house was always open to anyone and everyone and was always an informal place to gather for family and friends.
Allison Wooley was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
When thinking about what home means to me, I thought of all the various places I lived or traveled to and made my home. I began thinking of that saying “home is where the heart is”. Being born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and then spending 17 years in Philadelphia, and visiting my sister in Wisconsin on a regular basis, I thought of the many places I call home. Whether it’s family, friends or coworkers, I have managed to make a home in various cities. I even call the Dagara Music center in Ghana my family because we made such lasting relationships. I collaged my piece using maps and photos and included a heart in the center.
For this particular post, it is best to read the commentary from Mark first, then view his video which is posted after his comments.
Mark Young lives and works in Chester County, PA, to the northwest of Philadelphia and was born and raised in Delaware County, just to the southwest of the city.
I have served as a United Methodist pastor for thirty years, which influences how I have tried to express what “home” means, since I get to see how that answer changes for people over their lifetimes as well as having become aware that the answer would be fluid for myself as well.
Because it seems to me that the meaning of home changes with a person’s age, I made a mobile. I tried to take pictures but ended up with the video that I submitted.
As a child, home is the world, or at least the center of it. When you grow too large for those constraints, it’s the place to move from. Later in life a house or a home is more of a refuge at the end of the day. Finally, when it becomes physically impossible to remain (as it does for many people), “home” or “the house” becomes more of a memory.
Alice Sudduth was born and raised in Monticello, GA and currently resides in Davidson, NC.
I haven’t moved a lot in my life. I’ve spent most of my life in the southern US, mainly in Georgia and North Carolina. Most of my life I’ve lived in houses that are adjacent to wooded areas and I find that besides the neighbors I have I also think of the natural world around me as part of my neighborhood. There are lots of ways to stay in touch with family near and far. But I love being able on a daily basis to see and hear the non-human creatures that enrich my world. I can’t separate the idea of home from the idea of family, and I don’t want to separate them from the natural world.
About Alice: Alice is a retired psychotherapist. Since retirement she has been enjoying playing around with art, connecting with nature, making music and trying to stay out of trouble.
Karen Muldoon was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Hampton, VA
When I was young, home was always where my mother was. I took a long cross country trip in my 20s and when people asked me where home was I said “New Jersey” even though I had never lived there. My family had moved there while I was away. Later, when I married home was wherever my husband and I were together. We had a sailboat and sailed to many different places. Wherever we were together was home. So to me home is not so much a place as it is where I am with people I love. Hence, the sailboat and the couple in a heart.