all that is familiar and no longer there, Samantha J. Greer, 2017
all that is familiar and no longer there presents the home as a surreally constructed reality, a dream-like landscape displaying objects of lost memories, expectations, and desires. The subtleties of the home as an intimate space is revealed through details of movements – repetitions and dissipations of familiar motions – as seen in the braiding and re-braiding of the hair displayed on the screen, and continuous creation and stacking of handmade bowls. Moments of ideal expectations are introduced, such as the impracticality of the folding screen, both revealing and dividing the space presented. Through the collection and arrangement of objects and reoccurring actions within the scene, the environment is a dissipation of familiarity – a look at the home as a representation of intimacy, expectations, and a reconstruction of reality. The home becomes an ideally constructed reality holding people, events, and things that are no longer there.
My practice investigates interpersonal relationships and intimacy through the use of image and constructed environments. I’m interested in the object makeup and arrangement of personal spaces, how they become environments of comfort, and how these might be communicated, constructed, and influenced by elements of the public realm. I often utilise multimedia techniques to reconstruct or document intimate environments in the public – a display of adaptation, expectations, and fulfilment of desire when entering a personal space or the public.