Humble or grand, home is where your heart is. Whether you are home alone or with your family, roommates, packmates or swarm, home is more than a habitat – it’s a place you go when you tap your heels together three times. It could be a house, a neighborhood, a schoolyard, a nest, a lair or a hive. It could be your family or friends – or the culture from which you came. But wherever home is and whatever home is, it’s where you want to return to. Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) presents this international exhibition online only in their Curve Gallery, from February 15 through March 31, 2018.
I am pleased to be included in this exhibition juried by Liza Key Strelka, Manager of Exhibitions at The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. My painting, wedding flowers, received a Juror's Choice Award
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Juror’s Statement There’s no place like home. A chair. Splintered boards and weathered paint. A sunset. A pier vanishing into the vast ocean. An isolated refuge. A cacophony of color and sound. The mundane and the extraordinary. Rural. Urban. Lines, patterns, light, shadows cast by unassuming household objects. Quiet comfort and reflection.
There were over 280 entries to this exhibition and no two had the same concept of “home.” Tasked with creating a cohesive display from such a wide array of submissions, I selected works that were not only aesthetically beautiful but also pushed boundaries, whether in their subject matter or medium. Each of the 52 works on display represents something specific to the artist, something or someplace only they can know. Across all media, the artists explored and challenged the very definition of “home”, forcing the viewer to reevaluate their preconceived notions of the word.
The varied subject matter, when viewed as a whole in context with all the other artworks, creates a universal picture of the human condition. We all find ourselves in search of a place of belonging, a place of origin, a place to which we aspire, and/or a place to which we will always return. Home isn’t always welcoming or easy to find. It’s not always beautiful or exciting. But it’s home.