Open House – a reflection

 

A house is where people live – or once lived. It holds memories. It reflects lives

Each room contains many layers of concealed memories stretching back over time. They fade and they merge and they overlap

 

This is a portrait of one woman through her home and a portrait of a home through the people and events which have shaped it.

 It is a celebration of a huge cast of characters occupying the same spaces over a period of many years.

 

To hear the inside story of the house press –  The Reflection below

To see how the work developed press –                The Process

Open House – a reflection

 

A house is where people live – or once lived

It holds memories

It reflects lives

Each room contains many layers of concealed memories stretching back over time

They fade and they merge and they overlap

 

This is a portrait of one woman through her home and a portrait of a home through the people and events which have shaped it.

 It is a celebration of a huge cast of characters occupying the same spaces over a period of many years.

To hear the inside story of the house press The Reflection below

To see how the work developed press The Process

 

Open House – feedback

 

In February 2020 Sue invited family, friends and neighbors to her home to see the Open House in the context of the real house.

They also saw the processes involved in creating the work and watched the video of  “The Reflection”

These are some of their responses :

Intriguing, thought-provoking, very rewarding piece of work.  It not only had me remembering shared memories with Sue, Bob and friends but inevitably has me thinking about my own house and its place in my own family’s history.

It has made me think of the rooms in our house in a completely different way and the ebb and flow of characters who have visited, stayed, played, lived and loved and laughed. And who is yet to come……Lovely work Peter.

Remarkable – brought back so many memories.  Houses need people to create the stories – to be more than just a building.

Beautiful and warm.

Wonderful to visit your house and listen to your narration. An emotive experience that has reinforced my own belief in the power of friendship.  Thank-you for inviting me.

My first experience of anything like this and my first visit to Sue’s house.  Thank-you for making it part of my life’s memories! Simply stunning, you’re a true master of art! Congrats ( a new fan)

I have found this immensely moving.  It highlights the importance of taking time to step back and reflect and how we don’t do this enough.  Yes so much is all about the people and how we know so little about what goes on behind closed doors.

Lots of memories here- lots of blues, jazz, harp etc. etc.  Quite a few glasses of weak rose.  Sue’s fantastic dinners, lively discussion, late evening visits to the garden to look at the moon with Bob……

 

When I think of this house, my mind goes back to New Year’s Eve parties, partially in the house, the garden and in the street.  There was room for everyone and lots of long-standing friendships were forged.  Also many occasions of meals and fiery political discussions around the table.

Fabulous and though-provoking.  So original and moving.  Thank-you for sharing.

Emotional !! Thank-you.

What a haunting piece of work.  Process and triptych format interesting.  Something to treasure.

Watched and listened to the story of your house, very moving………the whole project works beautifully.

Beautiful piece of art – the narration and the realistic and carefully crafted dollhouse mirroring the actual life size version as well.  I will never forget that record room of Bob’s filled to the brim, floor to ceiling with absolute gems of records.

 

 

 

 

Absolutely lovely.  House as memoir, with each room evoking part of a whole life.  I have very warm memories of the house, and walking through the miniature version brought back such clear images in my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

When I think of London I think of your lovely home first and foremost. I’ve been told of many wonderful memories that took place in your home from my mother over the years, it was great to hear it told through your own story.

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