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Home is a state of mind as much as it is a place, and recent events have forced us all to reexamine our notions of what “home” means. The global pandemic and its accompanying stay-at-home orders certainly come to mind, just as the reactions to police brutality and systemic racism in our own country show that social, political, and economic issues can cause one to reconsider their home. In truth, the home has never been that untouchable space from which to view the outside world. It has always been subject to influences both malignant and benign, whether invited in or not. Though currently destabilized, the home will forever be a site for renewed thought and critical understanding.
The artworks presented here are purposefully varied in their aesthetic, handling, and imagery. For some, home is a location and for others it is an emotion. It can be expressed in the clarity of representation or through the veil of abstraction. Even in the case of two kitchen table still-life paintings, there is a remarkable difference of sentiment—one warm and fleeting, the other sinister and static. But the diversity below exemplifies the broadness of what “home” means. Only by accepting the breadth in definitions of home, can you truly welcome anyone inside.