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Article Title

domesticity transformed

Authors

Lori A. Brown

Abstract

This project begins with an interest in the female space as active within the domestic sphere. It involves issues of place-making and hopes to understand both the processes leading to and consequences following the alteration and eventual elimination of such places within the home. Through the passage of time I began to decipher difference – differences of my childhood home. The temporality of these spaces fascinate me, how they have changed from a place created by my mother to one by my father, the spatial consequences of these changes, and ultimately how these alterations have affected my brother and my interactions with these spaces. Aware of certain transformations occurring with time, I eventually realized the feminine spaces and associations of my childhood home had been reclaimed, distorted, even erased. By displaying my own recent photographs of the house against others selected from our family archive, I am interested in revealing the passage of time and its effect on the spatial hierarchy of the house – specifically, the loss of the feminine. I believe that this loss, once captured, becomes a spatial potential that can be reclaimed.

Through the passage of time I began to decipher difference – differences of my childhood home. The temporality of these spaces fascinate me, how they have changed from a place created by my mother to one by my father, the spatial consequences of these changes, and ultimately how these changes have affected my brother and my interactions with our childhood home. Aware of certain transformations occurring within what I considered to be the female spaces, I eventually realized the feminine spaces of my childhood home had been transformed. This project begins with the understanding of female space as active within the domestic, involving issues of nurturance and place making and hopes to understand what happens when alteration and eventual elimination of such places within the domestic occurs.

Note on the Author

Lori Brown is an assistant professor of architecture at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

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