My Mother’s House

Houses and identities are often intertwined. A house symbolizes refuge from the world and reflects the soundness of our self. But what if the house, that both protects and stands in for the self, is in disarray and nothing makes sense anymore? These figurative drawings and paintings hold an imagined history for someone who, because of memory loss due to Alzheimer’s, can no longer recall, or share, her own.

 

Clare Thomas, Alberta, 2017, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 46″ x 36″

 

Clare Thomas, Room 2, 2017, oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

Clare Thomas, 2018, Hyde Park, oil on lines, 24″ x 20″. Installation view, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2018.
Untitled, Clare Thomas, 2018, pen and gouache n paper, 22″ x 30″

 

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Clare Thomas, Untitled, 2018, paper, gouache and ink on card, 9″ x 12″
My Mother’s House, installation View, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2018.

 

My Mother’s House, installation view, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2018.

 

“Four Pieces,” Clare Thomas, installation view, My Mother’s House, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2018.

 

My Mother’s House, installation view, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, 2018.