An Abridged Visual Mapping of A Place of My Own within the Context of 667 Shotwell
To see the work installed: Install views
"First we shape our buildings, " Winston Churchill famously said, " and thereafter our buildings shape us." Michael Pollen quoted Churchill from his book, A Place of My Own. This book documented Pollen building his own one room space with his hands and how the action of blueprint to reality sparked not only a physical, but also an emotional connection to this space. In response to Churchill, he wrote, "I've often wondered how this building shaped me and my work in the years I did all my writing in it. " In relation to that passage, the house shapes the occupants who reside inside, however Kelly Lynn Jones is interested in how the objects that fill the space of ones' home can cultivate a sense of who we are or how they can provide insight into ones' past, present, and future as well as spark inspiration. We all keep certain objects with us for years as certain markers of time, a person or an experience we want to remember. While Pollen's curiosity finds him searching for meaning in the literal and non-literal structure and framework of the place we call home, Jones looks into the reciprocity of object and person that occupy the home and what relationship can evolve with ones' collection of things.
Chris Sollars invited Jones to come into his and Alison Pebworth's home/studios/ art space to survey their personal world and history of their lives through their things. Visiting the house and taking many photographs, Jones explored their home from room to room creating her own narrative in a pseudo anthropologic approach. She began to take notes, record and catalog to form her story about who they might be and what their interests are through the objects, books, rugs, pictures, plants, art, dishes and so forth in the house. It quickly became obvious that the interior of the home is rooted in books. A Place of My Own was just one of the plethora of books found inside the home and above all else, resonated with Jones in relation to her own approach to the objects inside of the home, rather than the structure itself.
The objects in the home are a way for Jones to get to know these individuals. She creates a connection with them through re-making selected objects and approaches it as a collaboration with them and their personal space. Jones sees her work as discreet disruptions within the museum of the familiar, that being our homes. They are tiny interventions to highlight the original objects role of companionship that they provide everyday.