A sense of home is a site-specific installation by Ron Longsdorf (American, b. 1983) for the 2018 iteration of Telfair Museums’ annual project Boxed In/Break Out. The installation references the literal construction and metaphorical associations of the word “home.”
A sense of home
The material use of concrete block and fencing structure speaks to the physical barriers created by humans, which often separate one from another, but prove to be impermanent obstacles and easily passable. The negative space apparent between the layers reminds the viewer of the perpetuated ideal of an American home- picturesque with a picket fence and a verdant lawn. However, the lawn reveals itself to be green carpeting, a synthetic material that only models nature.
Likewise, the sky is built from man-made insulation foam to emphasize how a home is “built.” The notion of constructing a home is further reinforced through the photographs sent in by community members when asked to interpret their “sense of home.”
Thank you to A sense of home photo participants:
Edith Schmidt; Lauren Chase; Margaret Brockland-Nease; Ellie Nease; Fred Langley; Joyce Jones; Madeleine Sutka; Katherine Johnson; Constance Gabrielli; Marianne Gardner; Robert Rollings; Mark Uzmann; Eduardo Holguin; Megan Martinescu; Irina Rasinariu; Michael Ellison; Abby Blanchard; Steven Bellmoff; Jenny Youngblood; Marcee Musgrove; Emily Bowser; Ella Thibodeau; Daniel Lotito; Brianna Ryan; Emma Fry; Valeria Montenegro; Juliet Denning; Jordan Stevens; Susan Hopp; Lakeysha Mutcherson; Briana Rivers; Evon Thorpe; LaJuana Hendrix; Thuli Nkumbula; Lisa Goodman; Kristin Zanos; Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity; Habitat for Humanity South Africa.
Ron Longsdorf holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Delaware and is currently Professor of Foundation Studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). This exhibition is organized by Telfair Museums and curated by Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator at Telfair Museums.