Leaving Home to Find It
John F. Lott Gallery
January 4 - February 16, 2019
Most can relate that without the monotonous domestic duties that a home imposes, there would be no need for escaping down desert dirt roads and without the harshness and isolation of desert dirt roads, there would be no need for the security and shelter of home.
Some folks don’t find comfort within the structure of a home and family. Faraway destinations can’t provide peace of mind either. Their contentment is only experienced when traveling the road between the two places. Leaving Home to Find It is a body of work which explores that in-between space.
For me, this journey takes place in vast, uninhabited landscapes such as deserts, prairies, and plains. These are haunting, comforting, and beautifully sad environments that are perfect examples of places that hover between the security of home and the freedom of the unknown. Most can relate that without the monotonous domestic duties, without the tether of family obligation, without the burdens that a home imposes, there would be no need for escaping down desert dirt roads. And without the harshness and isolation of desert dirt roads, there would be no need for the security and shelter of home.
In 2018 I traveled through west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. The imagery for Leaving Home to Find It is inspired from photographs taken on these southwestern road trips. The red curved line is a continuation from a previous body of work and represents the protection that home provides. In this series, the curve takes on an added element of serving as a type of portal like a car window, allowing the viewer to become a passenger on the journey for greener pastures.