Homecoming is about embracing and celebrating where we're at - right now - and finding ways to tell truths about the reality of home in hopes of a better future. It's about being unafraid to excavate where we're from and having the courage to return. Homecoming is a parade, a dance, a smear of oil paint on glass, an homage to the past, and a bubbly toast to what's to come.
Experience Homecoming through the lens of 14 artists from our home, Tacoma on April 19th, 2018.
tiffanny hammonds and lourdes jackson
Glass, collage photographs, and paint within a wood frame
When you think of home, most think of four walls they can return to. The scents, memories, aesthetics and personality captured in a place which is a part of your identity. Home for some is a combination of cardboard boxes and plastic bags, home is the Safeway cart missing the label containing the last photos you have that remind you of your identity, home is a wet comforter in the doorway of a building after hours, the sidewalk after walking all day. Home for some is shelters; the forest underneath the highways and byways. Home is where you return, because the Tacoma police department has yet to raid it. Home is where you walk with your head down and avoid stepping on used needles 'cause your shoes are wearing. Residency is what many find in the streets, so I don’t think there is anything such as homelessness, anyone can have a home, where ever you go. But not everyone has the privilege to have a home inside a house.
On the Ave of Temporality & Memory
nicole mccarthy and caitlin obom
Video projection and mixed media
Through city streets, this project explores how home can be made and found through ever-shifting time and place.
peter berkley and jason heminger
Video projection and mixed audio
The Port is a gentle sensory bath providing users a safe harbor to unplug and recharge. The guided experience relies on natural patterns of light, color, and acoustics to refresh one's home screen.
lisa fruichantie and christopher paul jordan
Canvas, woven Burmese fabric, spray paint, and acrylic paint on foam core
Woven Burmese fabric and canvas cut and re-sewn using traditional Seminole patchwork design. This project explores the entropy and re-manifestation of our migrating cultural histories. Integrating our personal journeys with textiles and design. We stitch, restitch, join, and break apart physical and emotional fractures in order to transcend and reassemble.
Jack's Epitaph, Part II
lisa kinoshita, john carlton, and quinn honan
Mixed media and video
"Jack the Tacoma Bear" was a real-life black bear who lived at the grand Tacoma Hotel in the 1890's. He became known nationwide for his habit of escaping his pen and heading to a local tavern where he would enjoy hoisting a mug of beer with his paws. Beloved by Tacomans, Jack one day wandered into the financial district where he startled a policeman, and was shot. Jack's Epitaph, Part II is about dislocation, loss, the provisional relationship between humans and nature, and the shadow figures that exist at the periphery of memory.
Gerald the Giant Marionette
Metal, stabilizer fabric, paper, wood, Styrofoam, and acrylic
In 2010, Gerald the Giant was born a 15-foot tall marionette fashioned from paper mache’ and from Jason's desire to give back to his home through public participatory art. GTG has since been reinforced with sturdier materials so that he may be a long-term gift to the citizens of Tacoma.
sarah gilbert and megan stelljes
Glass, neon, mirror, and wire
the long walk (home)
ben wildenhaus and ellen ito
Single channel video with performance accompaniment
The Long Walk (Home) utilizes found footage and live performance to traverse the meaning of home, exploring the shifting paradigm of our own sense of place and ever evolving definition of "home."
Dance a Day
devon urquhart and aaron hartzell
Video projection and mixed media
Dance A Day was started on November 1, 2017, with a one-year commitment to record in reverse a 15-second dance routine. Devon believes there is meaning in this reversal process: "Not only do I think it makes me look cooler, but the fact is that the end of something, even a brief dance, is always the beginning of something else—something new in life." You can follow along @devondanceaday.
aaron hartzell and devon urquhart
Photograph on back light paper and led lighting
This image of sun light reflecting off of water and sand mirrors the appearance of star fields. It’s intent is to draw a connection between earth and sky and to remind us where the structure of our home and ourselves comes from.