American Dream Homes Nebraska Arts Council's Fred Simon Gallery
As a home renter, I am obsessed with the idea of home ownership as a part of my American Dream. I often scour online real estate websites for my American Dream Home. How many bedrooms do I need? How much money am I willing to spend? What area do I want to live?
Finding my dream home is completely overwhelming because of the pressure of finding a perfect, forever home. These thoughts are translated to my work by the overlapping of multiple layers of homes in a single painting. The layering also reproduces the situation of homes transitioning from being occupied to unoccupied to occupied again. The structural play of dense and transparent layering presents a whirlwind of visual incident in the works. I often have the source imagery and color scheme selected for a piece but use my intuition to make aesthetic and compositional decisions as I work.
The imagery used in this series of paintings are the results after filtering my ideal preferences for my potential American Dream Home on Zillow. My filters include a specific price range and desired location, along with specifying for a 3-bedroom, 2 bath house of at least 1100 square feet. It intrigues me that my American Dream Home may be in these paintings, but currently sits empty as a vessel waiting for its next owner.