Sunday, April 10, 2011

House No. 100: Nest

House No. 100: Nest
hair, straight pins, quail's egg
2 in. x 2 in. x 1.5 in., with egg
2 in. x 2 in. x 1 in., without egg
100/365; 04/10/11

Nesting is about preparation and creating a sense of home, and home is tricky. We want to stay in many regards, but we all eventually must leave to create our own. Homes are created for children to nurture them, but children have to be nudged from the nest. Homes and their comforts are symbolic of the relationship that we share with our parents and own separation and individuation from them.


Today's house overlaps with another series that I am working on called Metallurgy, in which I am exploring modern psychology in two corresponding twelve-part series, one in miniature sculptural pieces and the other in works on paper.

In some part, The Happy Homemaker is an extraction of that project. The sense of home and comfort, of what we create for and around ourselves, and our origin stories are all a part of who we are, how we react, and who we become. It is just one complex facet of human development.

How fitting on a marking day such as my 100th house that I should delve into the project's origin story.

I am a week past the one quarter mark of this project and have a feeling of, "Oh my goodness! I will never get all of my ideas finished," which is quite the opposite reaction than I had expected I would have.

As I work on these houses, I am continuing to inform my other projects, and that is very exciting for me.


  1. Beautiful! I love the meaning behind this! Congratulations on 100!

  2. Happy 100! I love learning more about your fascinating project, and seeing your Metallurgy project. Lovely and intriguing.

  3. Happy landmark house...your 100th! You make amazing things, especially the discoveries of yourself through the art that you love.

  4. Happy 100th house! What a great post for the day -- and love the "coffee house" and "tea house" series, too!

  5. Congrats on 100! and your nest making skills are great.