Every once in awhile, I hear from former customers regarding work they purchased and it is always lots of fun to hear how they have lived with the work through the years. I had such an experience last week when a customer from the early 1990s contacted me to ask if the piece he purchased could be used for a virtual art exhibition. He then explained that he and his wife run an art and cultural center in an under served community in Nicosia, Cyprus. The piece they own is called By Night and they want to feature it as a homage to healthcare workers in their community.
This was very meaningful to me on a variety of levels. First, that the piece is being used to honor such an important sector of the population. In addition, artists often wonder if what they do has any long term benefit. Also, in this case, the idea that something I made in 1993 has not only been enjoyed all these years but has managed to make its home in Cyprus, where it has been displayed off and on and viewed by the local community.
I have thought of this piece and other similar ones recently because I have considered returning to work in this method, as it is very similar to many of the artist books I currently make. At that time, instead of making prints to be viewed as prints, I made them to be cut up and used as collage elements because I mainly worked in the medium of collage. So the idea that this piece showed up to me at this time, is somewhat of a nudge to possibly work like that again.
Though I have posted the piece above, I would encourage you to check out the organization’s Facebook page to see other works and events they have featured. It is a great way to “travel” while we are all home. Check out: Kuruçeşme Projekt. https://www.facebook.com/kurucesmeprojekt/
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.
Helena was born in Doylestown, Pa., lived and traveled all over the world, and now lives back in Doylestown, Pa.
To me, home is where my husband, Bob, and I are. We have different tastes in food, music and TV shows, but always have our coffee together first thing in the morning. When we travel, we take our favorite mugs and ground coffee with us, to make it feel like home.
About Helena: Helena is a professional artist, who works in pastel and oils and exhibits in the Philadelphia area. She attended the Philadelphia College of Art. You can see Helena’s website here.
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.
While there are chain departments stores that you can find in almost any city, there are those special local/regional ones that define an area. Where I am originally from, there were not only wonderful larger local department stores but some smaller ones as well. The larger department stores I am speaking of are Strawbridge & Clothier, John Wanamakers, and Lit Brothers. The smaller stores, and less well known are The Blum Store and Nan Duskins. If the names of any of these retailers are familiar to you then you are most likely from, or have spent a fair amount of time, in the Philadelphia area.