IF WE WERE HOUSES…
This work takes as its starting point a metaphor, a vivid figure of speech: ‘If I were a house…’ It is that of the built dwelling or built structure as bodying forth the human self.
In western culture the metaphor of the house to evoke the human psyche has been persistent, ever since the psychologist C. G. Jung suggested it in the early twentieth century.
This work is intended to trigger a response in the viewer: ‘If you were a house, what kind of house would you be?’ If we try to answer it honestly we may find that it is a hard and revealing question to address.
The images below are some of my own responses to this question, comprising the work of several years.