Nowhere More Familiar explores two iterations of domestic memory in a pair of vacant houses. Inside a model home in an up-and-coming planned community, meticulously staged household décor fabricates a generic suburban narrative. The uncanny resemblance to a home at once familiar and distinctly someone else’s invites visitors to fill in the fiction with scenes from their own past or project onto it their visions of an ideal future. Hundreds of miles away in a small vacation town, an abandoned duplex stands in the wake of a hasty relocation by its former tenants; each name on the wall or beer cap on the floor is an index of someone having been there before and an implication that they won’t be returning. Here, household artifacts are not aspirational stand-ins for a hypothetical future; instead, they undeniably signify the past.


By investigating the objects that remain in our absence, these images imagine a dialogue between a public venue and a private space through the familiar iconography of home, pondering universal tendencies in the ways we construct and record domestic experiences. Echoing the subjects depicted herein, they also propose that we are most compelled to preserve what is ours as we observe what is not ours, photographs giving us either something to remember or something to aspire to.