No Place Like Home 1, and 2 are digital manipulations of a photograph of the first house I lived in from age 4 to 8, in a small town in Ontario, Canada with my parents and siblings. The text is a reference to Dorothy’s repeated refrain from the Wizard of Oz when she clicks her ruby red shoes and says, “there’s no place like home.” The house here is reminiscent of the trauma, fear and confusion that represented home for me as a child and for many others.
No Place Like Home 3 depicts the many rooms of the house, which did not
provide safety, with the text representing the lack of security a child
is made to feel when her love and trust is manipulated and abused.
All pieces were created using Photoshop.
And a side note: for many years, home meant nothing to me but fear until
I was able to come to terms with my childhood and of not having the kind
of home I had heard about from tv or in films. Not everyone does.
“According to self-reported data from the 2014 General Social Survey on
Victimization (GSS), one-third (33%) of Canadians aged 15 and older
experienced some form of maltreatment during childhood. Child
maltreatment includes physical and/or sexual abuse before the age of 15
by someone aged 18 or older, as well as witnessing violence by a parent
or guardian against another adult.”