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Feel Just Like Home

  • 4Culture 101 Prefontaine Place South Seattle, WA, 98104 United States (map)

Is someone who lives in temporary housing still homeless? For this project, I explored this question with hand-embroidered internet reviews of the motel where a family member has lived since August 2016. Hung on cheap towel racks, these reviews are embroidered on used linens and bordered by used towels with unfinished raw edges. While the domestic associations with hand embroidery and quilting gesture toward home-making, the unfinished presentation stops short of achieving that goal -- because while my family member is housed, they are not home. 

While this work has personal origins, it has grown much beyond my family member’s story. As I sorted through the reviews, I became fascinated by what I learned about the community at this motel: from dirty linens and noise complaints, to reviews written by homeless people and reviews that complain about the homeless people who live there. 

I have color-coded the stars on the reviews to highlight these trends:

Red - drugs, sex workers

Orange - dirt, bugs 

Yellow - linen and towel complaints 

Green - review written by someone who lives there 

Blue - reference to the people who stay there by other reviewers 

Purple - references to danger

Black - no reference in particular

For this exhibition, I welcome viewers to gently remove the reviews from the towel racks, to sit, read and then carefully replace the reviews when the viewers are finished. 

Opening reception 6-8 pm October 3rd.

This project is supported, in part, by a grant from 4Culture.

Earlier Event: September 22
Milkweed : Monarch :: Mother : Child