Where Is Home?
Mixed media, found domestic objects, household lights, handcrafted boxes with children’s diary locks and keys
Using the scroll, “What Is Home?”, as a reference point, this installation explores the use of domestic objects to create a life-sized “pop-up book” by creating vignettes of the various narratives within the scroll. Areas are lit with small lights and objects are arranged to signify a child’s room, bathrooms, crafting room, and kitchen areas of a typical domestic home. Each vignette holds a crafted box and an object or set of objects locked inside with a cheap, child’s diary lock with a key visible and within reach, referencing the way memories and trauma are compartmentalized and “locked” away, returning when the appropriate key triggers an unlocking of those memories. As with a pop-up book, viewers are invited to explore the contents of the installation and walk away as needed, and only asked to return the contents and re-lock the memory boxes before leaving the space.
Photos by Probably Joel, 2018
2021 Evelyn Wong