Time: January 25, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Salem Church Library
Street: 2607 Salem Church Rd
City/Town: Fredericksburg, VA
Website or Map: http://staceymschultze.com/
Event Type: solo, exhibition
Organized By: Stacey Silkey Schultze
Latest Activity: Jan 25, 2014
The inspiration for the “Tiny Houses” series of mixed media on paper is Michael Pollan’s book “A Place of My Own”, my father who is a contractor and maker of spaces, and the concept that freedom and captivity are simultaneously accentuated by the places we dwell.
While reading Pollan’s apt descriptions, I was struck by the many layers of planning and stages of completion, as well as the small victories that became beautiful happenstances of the building process. It brought me back to my childhood days of wood glue covered monstrosities and sore thumbs from missed nails. It brought to mind the smell of freshly sanded wood; the pine, the cherry, the oak and the maple. There is a certain comfort found in a well-built house, a comfort from its materials, from the care of placement, the direction of light, the space we move in. This got me thinking about the spaces I occupy, and how they make me feel.
As a Marine wife and mother of two homeschooled children, our home bares particular significance. It is always changing for us; at the same time, it is a constant in our lives. My children thrive on the fact that they know they have a safe place to call home. Call me crazy but this book led me to think, what if we could keep the same house every time we move? There is a whole movement, a generation rising up who long for the freedom to move from place to place. They seek relief from the burdens of homeownership, but at the same time acknowledge their need for a refuge. Although my husband and I are not shopping for a tiny house at this moment, the idea is both liberating (no more packing and unpacking, no more carting around objects we don’t need or use) and constricting (where would we all sleep, could we stand being confined to such tight quarters, and how does one cook in a tiny house).
The ability to build shelter far outreaching mere protection which, hopefully, defies water and gravity places humans above animals. However, the fact we need and depend on this shelter to survive, places us below angels. It just goes to show that we are at God’s provisional mercy and we should not take for granted we have a place of our own.
I hope you enjoy exploring these concepts while taking in the “Tiny Houses” series. If you would like to purchase any of the pieces seen here or would like to know more about my art, please visit my website or send me an email.