Cover image for At home : talks with Canadian artists about place and practice / Lezli Rubin-Kunda.
Title:
At home : talks with Canadian artists about place and practice / Lezli Rubin-Kunda.
ISBN:
9781773100470
Publication Information:
Fredericton, New Brunswick : Goose Lane Editions, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
xi, 219 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Abstract:
"In this intimate investigation of the artistic process, Lezli Rubin-Kunda explores the nuanced path of creative work and the way artists make sense of home and place within their art practice and their lives. Rubin-Kunda is a multidisciplinary artist who examines these issues in her own work. But in this book, she expands her horizons, travelling across Canada to talk to more than fifty practicing artists, including Amalie Atkins, Aganetha Dyck, Francois Morelli, Simon Frank, and Sharon Alward, about their work, their creative process, and the place of "home" in their work. What emerges from these thoughtful conversations are fascinating and unexpected orientations to place, ranging from deep connections to a specific childhood home, to more conscious adoptions of place, to somewhat fluid approaches in which the very concept of "home" seems to dissolve. Moving from physical landscapes to the geography of memories and recorded histories, from territories of emotion to social environments that condition and contribute to the idea of home, Rubin-Kunda touches on indigenous approaches to ancestral homelands, the land as physical place and emotional territory, the historic role of women in creating and taking care of "home," ideas of home disconnected from place, and liberating concepts of "homelessness." Woven through these encounters with other artists are Rubin-Kunda's reflections on her own artistic path. Candid, empathetic, and insightful, At Home explores the creative process and the ways that artists find and create meaning within a fragmented contemporary landscape."-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

In this intimate investigation of the artistic process, Lezli Rubin-Kunda explores the nuanced path of creative work and the way artists make sense of home and place within their art practice and their lives. Rubin-Kunda is a multidisciplinary artist who examines these issues in her own work. But in this book, she expands her horizons, travelling across Canada to talk to more than fifty practicing artists, including Amalie Atkins, Aganetha Dyck, Francois Morelli, Simon Frank, and Sharon Alward, about their work, their creative process, and the place of "home": in their work.

What emerges from these thoughtful conversations are fascinating and unexpected orientations to place, ranging from deep connections to a specific childhood home, to more conscious adoptions of place, to somewhat fluid approaches in which the very concept of "home" seems to dissolve.

Moving from physical landscapes to the geography of memories and recorded histories, from territories of emotion to social environments that condition and contribute to the idea of home, Rubin-Kunda touches on indigenous approaches to ancestral homelands, the land as physical place and emotional territory, the historic role of women in creating and taking care of "home," ideas of home disconnected from place, and liberating concepts of "homelessness." Woven through these encounters with other artists are Rubin-Kunda's reflections on her own artistic path.

Candid, empathetic, and insightful, At Home explores the creative process and the ways that artists find and create meaning within a fragmented contemporary landscape.


Author Notes

Lezli Rubin-Kunda is a Canadian-Israeli multidisciplinary artist who uses her body and the immediate materials of her environment to explore her relationship with place. She has exhibited, performed, and lectured in Canada, the United States, Israel, and Europe. She currently lives outside of Tel Aviv and teaches in the Architecture Faculty at the Technion University, Haifa, Israel. This is her first book.


Table of Contents

Lezli Rubin-KundaSimon FrankNicole FournierSusan FeindelAmalie AtkinsTanya HarnettSandra SemchukTim SchoutenMarian Penner BancroftDiane PugenAganetha DyckStan KrzyzanowskiVictoria StantonKim MorganLorraine FieldCatherine BodmerJosée PedneaultFrançois MorelliTedi TafelDevora NeumarkSharon AlwardAnnie MartinEmiliano SepulvedaMichael Fernandes
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Setting Outp. 1
1 Locating and Re-locatingp. 8
2 No Place Like Homep. 21
Childhood Hauntsp. 21
Re-Wilding the Landp. 31
Below the Surfacep. 37
3 Mythical Landscapesp. 42
4 Ancestral Connectionsp. 52
5 Intertwined Talesp. 63
Place and Displacementp. 63
Marking Sitesp. 72
Uncovering the Pastp. 75
6 Sacred Connectionsp. 79
7 Women's Workp. 88
Labours of Lovep. 90
Susan Shantzp. 90
Mary Kavanaghp. 94
Preservationp. 95
8 Right Here, Right Nowp. 103
9 Mapping the Territoryp. 112
Homing Techniquesp. 112
Geographical Positioningp. 120
Sandra Rechico and Gwen MacGregarp. 120
Ellen Moffatp. 125
Peter Dykhuisp. 126
10 Distant Placesp. 130
Foreign Attachmentsp. 130
A Place of Choicep. 138
Away From Homep. 144
11 Impermanent Homesp. 150
Jacky Sawatzkyp. 150
Jeroen Witvlietp. 159
12 Creating Connectionsp. 162
Crossing Boundariesp. 162
Anywhere is Finep. 170
Home and Homelessnessp. 177
Challenging Dogmap. 180
13 Back to the Sensesp. 188
Sites and Soundsp. 188
Exposurep. 195
Blurring Boundariesp. 198
Afterword: The End of the Journeyp. 203
About the Artistsp. 209
Photo Creditsp. 217