Home is Where the Heart Was is a visual representation of connections I make between my current home in the heart of downtown Toronto and my childhood home Eganville, Ontario. Since moving to Toronto, I have struggled with where I call home. I often find myself explaining how home is wherever I go to sleep at night but after 4 years of being away from ‘home’ I find this question much more complex. Large prints showcase fragmented urban scenes overlaid with disrupted rural elements to give insight to this struggle of my search for home. Fragmentation suggests changes in time, perspective, and location similar to the mental image I construct when thinking of home.
David Hockney explains how cubism and painting are ways to expand on a particular area within a scene or to add emphasis on areas of importance. Similarly, photo collage allowed no restrictions to the size of image I had wanted to create and allowed me to include as much of the scene as possible from many differing perspectives. These different perspectives suggest visiting the specific scene multiple times, much like my repeated visits.
Although this work is very personal in a way that it is helping me work through my anxieties after moving to the city and how I am to fit into the world around me, I hope for others to think about home when they view it. Whether that is where they grew up, where they are now, or where they will be in the coming years, I hope for my viewers to take a moment to think about what is important to them. I am at a stage in life where I could be leaving the city I have grown to love over the past four years. And even though I thought I would be calling Toronto home, at least for a little while, I am realizing that traces of where home once stood will always be following me on my journey.