Subverted domesticity/Urban glass houses (2000)

Subverted Domesticity:Urban House © 2000-2013 J. Thomson

Because it was the first time I’d lived in an urban neighborhood (I grew up in suburban Dallas/Garland area) I was also interested in the cultural differences of what “home” means. And since I’d made all those suburban glass houses, I thought I’d better make some urban ones too. These houses are modeled after the traditional idea of “house” (ie, the silhouette a child might draw), but they get their urban grittiness from inclusions such as brass keys and pieces of aluminum, which would melt and burn when the molten glass was poured in the mold.

They were displayed on individual shelves I made (just big enough for one house) but grouped closely together like a neighborhood of row-homes in urban Philadelphia. Some of the houses were clear enough that I found I could make them more interesting by collaging images onto the back. I actually made more “plain” houses, but they didn’t photograph as well as the few that I embellished with vintage photographs on the back. All of the embellished houses were sold, but I still have a few of the regular urban houses available. If you’re interested in purchasing one, drop me a note.

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Subverted Domesticity/Suburban glass houses (2000)

Glass houses, © 2000 J. Thomson All rights reserved

For my final semester at Tyler, I focused my attentions on the theme of quiet desperation, or “subverted domesticity”. Using modular molds I made from solid graphite, I cast dozens of suburban houses (modeled after the one my parents still live in) and acid-etched the surface to give a satin light-diffusing effect. I then painted the bottoms of each house bright colors and patterns… the same way that the owners of the houses in the subdivision I grew up in paint the houses garish colors to make them stand out, since they’re all built on the same floorplans. Most of these have been sold, but I do still have a few left. If you’re interested in purchasing one, please contact me.

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