The Pink House book!
The Pink House book!
The complete “The Pink House” series in one book! All 28 plates are featured. Copies bought from this site are signed.
Soft bound cover. Full color. 68 pages. 8” x 8”
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About “The Pink House”
“The Pink House” is a photographic series about what happens when the dream home is left abandoned. At the time I started creating this work my mother was losing her home to foreclosure. She spent the next few years bouncing around living situations. Watching her go through this made me want to put a hammer through a wall. The idea of having a dream home felt like a lie. One perpetuated by a consumer culture that always left us feeling like we never had enough. So much nostalgia and emotion is tied to our abodes. It is our safe space at the end of the day where we create memories and hold our sacred objects.
We moved a lot growing up, so something I always had access to were boxes. You can turn them into just about anything: a rocket ship, a cubby, or a house. I wanted to give my toys a resting place to return to at the end of the day. With the boxes as my base, I took whatever I could find to make their houses more hospitable: a coat of paint here and there, glitter accents, or artwork made from mail catalogs to hang over furniture built from smaller boxes. Using many of these same techniques that I picked up as a kid, I created a modern day version for my narrative, building small scale sets from scratch. Sometimes just coming across an interesting rock to paint gold would spark an idea for a room’s story. Months were spent building and dressing the sets to their ideal state only to then distress them over and over until they conveyed the desired emotion or passage of time for the final photograph, taken in one sixtieth of a second. Fittingly, I was down to my last few rolls of Kodak Portra VC, a beautiful discontinued negative film that electrifies mauve and yellow hues. I wanted to send it off in the best possible way. This series is my love letter to that film.
I leave it up to the viewer to decide what left this house vacant. Maybe it was foreclosed on, or maybe the occupants were run off. For whatever reason it has been left behind and is in ruins. Multiple waves of explorers have passed through. There is destruction left by some of the more aggressive ones. Others seemed to just be looking for a safe space to sleep. Drawings litter rooms. Debris becomes repurposed. All signs of life making the most of an otherwise dire situation. Through the study of this miniature world and documentation of the waves of occupants that have paused here, home becomes what it is at its core: shelter. As material objects break and decay, the spirit of survival carries on.