The ‘Rural Inhabitant’ series is inspired by abandoned houses and the memories that the houses contain.
In my blog, Why I Paint Abandoned Houses, I talked about my connection to old houses through the association with my grandparents farmhouse. Like many old houses, the farmhouse still has the remnants of its past inhabitants. My favorite room in the house is decorated in a floral wallpaper print that my grandmother picked out. It is my favorite room because it gives me an idea of what she was like. Though my grandma passed away when I was very young, I feel like I know her well from what she left behind.
‘Rural Inhabitants’ in many ways is a collaboration with my grandma because she passed on photographs that she had taken throughout her life, which I now incorporate into my artwork.
Many of those photographs were captured in the very same house that stands today. When I look at the walls of the house I think of the many generations that have resided there. In my paintings, I represent the memories left behind in abandoned homes by portraying the figures as part of the walls, fading away and decaying in a similar manner. The layers of memories residing in abandoned houses DEFINE them, for it is the memories that turn a simple structure into a ‘home’.