Artist | Dave McKane
Installation | Sat Dec 18 2021
Houses represent a huge investment in the life of a normal family. This investment runs the gamut of financial (the mortgage, the rent), to the emotional (who hasn’t argued about where precisely a frame should hang on the living room wall?), to the sheer amount of time it takes to keep a house clean and liveable (roof repairs, lawn mowing, meal preparation and so on).
These homes were once the center of hard-working, profitable family farms, but with the drive to produce cheaper food many of these families had to sell out to larger commercial concerns, which are able to produce food on a more industrial scale.
For a house to be abandoned, for a family to walk away from their home for the last time there has to be a series of catastrophic events that converge on one final point, “we have no option but to leave.” Once this happens, the homestead is no longer a home, it has no more reason to exist., it just sits there waiting for the earth to take it back.
I am genuinely stunned at how a house, a home, can be abandoned in this way.
These houses haunt me.