Home // 2016

Home reflects the psychological tension between wild and human places I feel in myself and in my community. We live our lives in a built world neatly separated from all things wild. Industrialization and capitalism have conditioned us to depend on foreign manufactured goods for sustenance. This dependence has lead to the loss of knowledge of the land and how to dwell in relationship with it. Consequently, our experience of the wild is one of discomfort, where cooperation is overcome by helplessness and an instinct to destroy what we perceived as threat. Home reflects this tension by evoking aspects of nature we tend to finds aversive such as spiders, hornets, and thorny thickets. But upon closer inspection, you may have also noticed it is also a nest where someone has recently rested. When we relearn the once common knowledge about how the natural world can provide all our needs, entering wild spaced begins to feel more and more like coming home.