This work concerns the timeless allegory of life as a journey and afterlife as a homecoming. The security of home might suggest the existence of some ultimate refuge of total contentment. Ironically of course, one must forego all comfort and security to get there. The idea of an afterlife has always harbored this dilemma; death is the price of admission.
Photographing model houses in studio dioramas, I’ve tried to disorient the viewer to suggest an ambivalent view of this ideal destination. In the ambiguous world of these pictures, I want home to seem inviting yet ominous, close but inaccessible, familiar and full of mystery.
The work is a meditation on domesticity, mortality and the eternal tension between real and ideal.
By Bill O’Donnell