The themes of house and home are captivating to artists, and in this Flash Gallery, eleven Artful Home artists explore ideas of dwellings and structures, as well as the emotions associated with home. From the dreamlike pastel suburbs of R. Michael Wommack to the illuminated porcelain factories of Jonathan White, to the archetypal symbolism of Cathy Broski and Julie Girardini, these American artists explore a sense of time and place that is unique to an America in the post-industrial age. In these 38 works, house-like structures take both center stage and form a backdrop for the dramas of everyday life. Constructed from metal, wood, and clay, woven in tapestry, quilted in fabric, drawn with pastels and painted with oil, these pieces of artwork explore the landscape of the heart as well as architectural structure.
The iconic symbol of the house as a vessel is important to several of the artists in this event. Clay artist Cathy Broski is known for her archetypal figures where the house symbolizes a vessel that holds life’s memories and experiences. As Broski hollows out cavities in her large and amazing sculptures of human figures, she inserts stacked cups, houses, and ladders in the resulting “grottos,” often positioning the houses closest to the heart.