Companions to the video Home, this drawing series depicts the demolition and topographical erasure of my great-grandparents’ farmhouse. Just as memory is embellished and tarnished by nostalgia and time, the traces of metal that compose these drawings will oxidize and transmogrify, altering the images and their meaning in unpredictable ways.
The final images were largely dictated by choice of medium; metalpoint is laborious and unforgiving, not allowing erasure and value is built through repetition, not pressure. The drawing process was a means of reflecting upon the inevitability that a family, like a home, is a body that ages and decays.
The drawings are displayed like filmstrip in a horizontal row, intended as a cohesive whole. In contrast to the video, where the demolition is a surreal construction, the drawings progress from left to right as glimpses of the home’s rapid decline from neglected dwelling to a vacant patch of earth.