Lift Coffee Shop
218 W. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
The idea of this show came from the art installation, “Home: An Exploration,” where we explored our ideas of what ‘home’ meant to us. In Gary’s book, Leave Nothing of Value, I sum up what home means to me:
“Others’ idea of “home” never struck a chord in me. Growing up, and still to this day, I oftentimes hear others speak of their homes with a smile and a reminiscent laugh. A home, they say, is where the heart is, and where you can rest your head (or hat) at night. I have always viewed this ideal of home as a utopian fixation of the American Dream that, at least to me, was a complete lie. When approaching this project and the idea of “home,” it came to no surprise to me that I viewed the idea of home with cynicism, dread, fear, and ultimately, a place of turmoil that is ever-changing geographically. To me, home was where I disappeared after school, blasting my stereo above the yelling. I never understood what it was that others saw in the word and idea of “home,” as it was just another four-letter word to me.”
I felt it only necessary to continue the dialogue that we had created from this public display, bringing it into my solo work that covered the walls of Lift. Here, I further explore my personal idea of home and how, because of the alienation I felt in my “home” I sought a sort of second home in the ruins of our society—where I felt solace and calm. There is a sort of beauty held within the ruins of our cities. I seek to embrace this beauty and make it my own. This is my gift to you.