A temporary linear structure of a house, made from coloured wooden dowelling rods and rubber bands. Assembled for a short time in a number of different outside environments where I have lived or spent time. In its simplest form the shape of a house drawn in sticks and rubber bands is an icon of home and security. House endeavours to satiate the fantasy of transplanting into different environments, while its makeshift design also references a fragile state of belonging, and the difficulty of fitting into a place.


In 1970’s New England I knew a number of people who built houses on land they had cleared from back woods areas. This self-sufficient creative idyll haunted and inspired me – I want to build a house in a field with woods and mountains behind and facing the sea.


from Bachelard's, The Poetics of Space:

'…The house is not experienced from day to day only , on the thread of
a narrative, or in the telling of our own story. Through dreams the
various dwelling places in our lives co-penetrate and retain the treasures
of former days. And after we are in the new house when memories of
other places we have lived in come back to us , we travel to the land
of motionless childhood… The house shelters day dreaming, the house
protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. …. ”

Andre Cadere (1934-78) left behind an oeuvre consisting of about 180 Barres de Bois of different lengths. The Barres de Bois consist of wooden segments, all the same size and painted in different colours; their length always relates to their radius. The individual segments were made by hand, drilled, painted and fitted together. He took his Barre de Bois round Europe and then onto New York – he went to exhibitions and either held the Barre like a staff or laid it down in a carefully chosen place. Cadere wanted his interventions to create a disturbance, thus starting arguments about the art system, which he saw as representing other social systems.


G.Bachelard, The Poetics of Space , trans, M. Jolas, Us: Beacon Press Books,1969.p.5.
House in search of Belonging was inspired by Bachelard's oneric house & Andre Cadere's (1934-78) Barres de Bois. Cadere's 'images of mobility', James Hyde 'Andre Cadere at Art: Concept ' Art in America November 2005 'Chris Ashley Look See Blog' (Accessed 4 July 2009)