The _____ House

My work explores the idea that, in their lifetimes, houses absorb the energies and personalities of the beings who live and breathe inside of them, as well as the effects of the events that have happened there. The houses stay, see, and hear, even once everything and everyone else leaves and changes. Once the inhabitants have left and the houses are abandoned, memories and secrets are still kept within the walls, and these houses become physical reflections of what once was there.
My automata-inspired objects invite viewers to interact with and manually animate parts of my work, allowing them to reveal the experiences of these houses and the stories they have to tell. As such, my project invites the viewer to become a part of the narrative that lives inside, and to see what influence they may have on the surroundings by means of personal movement and connection. Though I attach my own specific memories and sentiments to each of the settings I have created, I want to keep the meanings open to the personal connections of each viewer, with the idea that our perspectives physically manifest the spaces we inhabit.
I work with forgivable, flexible materials like paper, fabric, and thread to create a sense of fragility and softness. Whether found in our clothes, gifts, or letters, our lives are full of bits and pieces of paper and fabric or other materials we are attached to from our every day life. Using these fiber pieces emphasizes the idea of memory, as fiber is a material deeply rooted in our own personal history and emotion. To create the actual wooden boxes, I mostly used bits of found wood from abandoned houses since they are already worn and full of antiquity. By illustrating houses as animated beings, I hope to tell the second part of the story—what is left once everything else is gone.