Su Casa es Mi Casa (Your Home is My Home) is a three part project in 8.5x11 drawings, cards, and video. These works are based on twelve meandering months of an itinerant artist sacrificing stability to focus on art by completing an MFA, showing work abroad, trying to find employment after graduation, and thus also trying to find a long term residence, especially where rising rent costs are prohibitive. Here, 26 surfaces slept in during that time are the focal point. The images are rendered in impermanent media in a style touching on the vulnerability and fragility of a dollhouse, yet in some cases are also reminiscent of an interior blueprint. They are primarily recollections from memory vs. photographic representations. Therefore, the room renderings are wrought with inaccuracies and omissions. Words are imperceptible in the disorienting layered monologue which ponders the meaning of "home" for someone who has accepted nomadism and expansion through travel and creativity over domestic complacency, yet longs for a place to settle down. The disquieting incompleteness and constant change provides comfort through spaciousness and balances the alternative by thwarting staleness. On the other hand, constant movement is contrary to the stillness needed to support long term goals. Therefore, balance must be found between the two, just as it is required to build a house of cards. The concentration, energy, and persistence needed to succeed during this period of transition is apparent in the tension of the voice and motion of the builder and camera operators, Stephanie Reid and Todd Rychener.
Camera operation: Stephanie Reid and Todd Rychener
Illustrations, Direction, and Editing by Stephanie Reid.
To see the full sized drawings, visit: haikuflash.photoshelter.com/gallery/Su-Casa-es-Mi-Casa/G0000UW0W15mhFLE/C0000nFrmMwTH.y4
The full version of this video will be shown from August 19th - September 24th, 2017 for the exhibition Gimme Shelter at Columbia City Gallery in Seattle. The video loop is accompanied by a physical set of these cards, so that people can try to build with them, experience the frustration of the process of trying to build and rebuild repeatedly, then the relief and satisfaction that comes from completion, if they have the patience to make it that far.