Fragments of Home, Samantha J. Greer, 2015
Fragments of Home investigates the home as a transient state, a place of breathing walls and flexing barriers. A place that can keep you still; a holder of memories, of hope, of pain. A place that isn’t really a place at all.
With an unusually high homeless population for its unforgiving geographic terrain and small population size, Salt Lake City, Utah has a complex relationship with its displaced people; many personal belongings and memories end up scattered in small corners and side streets of the city. Shopping carts become personal vehicles, transporting things no longer with a place from street to street, person to person. The rest gets left behind, revealing the volatile and identity-erasing nature of homelessness.
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.