Exploring the longing for belonging
December 4th, 2019 - February 2nd, 2020
Opening Reception: December 5th, 6-8pm
I wish I was
Home where my thought's escaping
Home where my music's playing
Home where my love lies waiting
Silently for me
~ From Homeward Bound by Simon & Garfunkel
by Elin Spring and Suzanne Révy
“Home is where the heart is.” “You can’t go home again.” “There is no place like home.” Popular culture is teeming with clichés about home, particularly around the holidays. As much an idea as a place, home is relentlessly hyped as a wellspring of joyful family gatherings, brimming with laughter, bountiful meals and a fire blazing on the hearth. But too often reality is less kind, rendering home a cradle of conflict or source of heartbreak. Whatever the circumstances, one thing seems universal: our fervent desire for a feeling of peace and belonging, a place we can call home.
The nine photographers in Homeward Bound explore this longing for belonging with approaches as layered as they are diverse. Brian Kaplan’s wintery landscapes smart with biting wit and aching isolation. Cheryle St. Onge’s photographs are imbued with yearning for the beloved mother she is losing to vascular dementia and the home she once knew. Molly Lamb’s graceful photographs portray emblems of home that whisper with memories and longing.
In Stories from the Kitchen Table, Astrid Reischwitz embroiders together memories from her ancestral German village. Ron Cowie’s Inventory memorializes his late wife, while his landscapes from Leaving Babyon invoke the sanctity of home.
Alysia Macaulay alludes to a blissful childhood in Night Light’s tranquil interior portraits. Bob Avakian’s surreal nighttime landscapes glow with the promise of a road home.
Sarah Malakoff’s home interiors are wonderfully quirky and telling portraits of their absent inhabitants. Suzanne Révy’s chilly triptychs recollect heartwarming memories of bygone family outings in the woods around their home.
For more information & images, visit “What Will You Remember: Homeward Bound”