25 April 2016

Thoughts on "home"

My drawing project on the theme of Home might start with identifying significant objects in my home, and might include writing about them. Some of the research might involve delving into my memories of childhood home that included favourite places and objects.

Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space might be useful. Here are a couple of quotes:

“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.” 
― Gaston BachelardThe Poetics of Space

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.” 
― Gaston BachelardThe Poetics of Space
Is home where you hang your coat?

To a child, home signals safety and security ... it is a whole world. At any age, home can be a place for repose of the soul.
Is where you hang your bathrobe "home"?

You have the key to the door, the key that lets you in and shuts others out. In combination with the (planned) space beyond the door, the key defines the place that is home.

Memories live in the objects within the home - or do they? Would a photograph, rather than the actual object, hold that same memory?

Often photographs of home include the environment only as incidental to what is happening within it -  celebrations, usually.
A meal at home

Before and after photos show home improvements. When does a home need improving?
A well-stocked pantry and wine cellar make for home security


magsramsay said...

So many forms of'home' to explore!My dad used to refer to Glasgow as 'home' even though he hadn't lived there for 50 years. I feel much the same about the village I grew up in , being a Northerner in exile in the South for 30 years.
Having moved 4 months ago, our house has yet to feel like home - maybe when we have the bookcases installed and stocked,our books define us!

Connie Rose said...

I'm currently reading At Home by Bill Bryson, one of my fave authors. He lived in an old rectory in Britain for some years, and At Home is a journey, room by room, of the history of just about everything having to do with how we live. Highly recommended, and very educational to boot!