at the Western Colorado Center for the Arts
December 6th 2013 - January 27th, 2014
This exhibition is a collection of photos, sculptures and installations of Melanie Walker and George Peters exploring the varied themes of the house and the idea of home.
The house is a nest, a place of retreat, a collection of life memories, a shelter from storms, sometimes a prison made to escape from, a place to return to. It is our societal glue, placing ourselves into a community of other houses in suburbs, cities and village communities. Our house mortgages hold us there. Our families grow up there.
Our roots to place are also our house foundations. It was not so long ago that our inherent nomadic wanderings took us to places that we could plant and harvest. We stayed and built houses of stone, sticks, mud and straw from the earth we tilled. Our houses shaped us. They formed our protective exoskeleton cocoon and grew with us through our evolution to city dwellers. Even our technology connections return us to our “home” page.
Part of what brought us together as an artist team was our similar artistic sensibilities. We both have done works in installation, sculpture and photography using the theme of the house. The house is a strong image of our place in the world. We have even been influenced by our sleep dreams of houses as totems and as mazes of endless rooms and corridors. The house has slipped into our psyche and made a place of its own for us to wander in and explore. We’re using this exhibition to extend our understanding of the place our houses have in our lives.
Melanie Walker's works include her photography featuring her 'Househead' series.
"The Househeads came to me in a dream. They came at a time when I was searching for a sense of place. As a single woman I was trying to determine what home was without family. They became my fictional family. Home is an idea that we carry in our heads.
The Househeads first appeared in my work as constructed images done through a Polaroid Materials Grant. They evolved into installations, puppets and other permutations. At one point, I found a box of negatives at a yard sale. I made prints and re-photographed all of them with houses on the heads. Friends saw them and began bringing me their family pictures to include so they could be a part of my fictional family. This has been an ongoing project that I return to over the last 20 years"
|The Puppet - M. Walker|
|The Sleeper - M. Walker|
|The Architects - M. Walker|
|Baggage - M. Walker|
|Marriage - M. Walker|
OMPHALOS is an installation series of view houses by Melanie Walker with windows to peek into the interiors. Each scene is revealed through motion sensor lighting and sound effects transporting the viewers into miniature rooms.
| Curtain Lights - M. Walker|
|Test Tube Babies - M. Walker|
|Ancestor House - M. Walker|
Hatching House - M. Walker
LAND ESCAPES are a series of works using the house in relation to the land that is it's foundation. They appear as islands of influence set adrift in time and place.
|Pine Beetle - M. Walker|
|Desert Shack - G. Peters|
|Green House - G. Peters|
|Shack - G. Peters|
|Winter Tree House - G. Peters|
HOUSE FLY KITES - The following kite forms are made using a dye sublimation photographic printing process on polyester and framed for flying in very light winds.
|Brick House Kite - G. Peters|
|Cuckoo Clock kite - M. Walker|
|Stone House kite - M. Walker|
|House Hand Moth kite - G. Peters|
|Cloud Tower kite - M. Walker|
|Bird House - G. Peters|
|House of the Moon - G. Peter|
The screen house installation is a memory of the Colorado Front Range flood which damaged many homes and lives during October of 2013. The screen material used causes moire' patterns that shimmer as the viewer passes by.
|High Water - installation by G. Peters & M. Walker|
|Plato's Aviary - M. Walker & G. Peters|
|HOUSE WORKS - opening night|
More images from the HOUSE WORKS exhibition can be seen on our Flikr site as well as images from our slide lecture