Using the image of a house and the conceptual framework of home as metaphor, I create images that explore the notions of memory, family, dreams and fiction. I seek to offer pictorial access to the often inexplicable longing for connection. Delving into the fantastic and the banal, the work addresses fictional metaphors for experience and emotion. Within this body of work I seek to create a theater where the ridiculous, the poignant and the unexpected can be acted out through imaginary and whimsical pictorial associations that portray life on the lyrical and playful edge of sense and non-sense.
The first Househead appeared in a fever dream shortly after I had an invitation to visit the Hopi reservation and learned about the significance of Kachinas in that culture. The vision from the dream stayed with me and I made it ‘real’ in one of my photographic tableaus produced in 1983 under a Polaroid Materials Grant. These make believe characters became my fictional family and my anthropological study. My approach to this narrative has evolved into installations, puppets, kites, performances and other permutations that are frequently interactive. The Househead Chronicles has been an ongoing project that I have returned to on a fairly regular basis over the last 35 years. Having recently lost my sister and coming to terms with the fact that I am the last remaining member of my immediate family, I return, once again, to the Househeads with a new urgency and desire for connection.
This work is dedicated to the architects of our families…the weavers of the cloth…