What happens when one has access to a home? What is a home worth?
For my neighbors in Chicago, like many across America, one of their top concerns is affordable housing. Reflecting on the value of a home beyond a place of shelter, I spent sixteen weeks researching 218 GroveStreet in Bluffton, Ohio. This house was my mother’s childhood home and the place where my grandparents lived. My aim was to better understand where the value I place on the concept of home comes from and to use this lens to explore how culture, material knowledge and identity is passed down from generation to generation.
At the start of the stay at home order during the pandemic, I created an at home installation maximizing the limited resources available. With a living room that has large windows, I was able to create cyanotype (sun prints) of a collection of 520 slides that documented my late uncle’s, Blain Mitchell, artwork. While working on the project I reflected on what impressions people leave behind and questioned what we archive and how we pass down information from one generation to the next.