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, Untitled, 2018, paper, gouache and ink on card, 9″ x 12″
Clare Thomas, Alberta, 2017, watercolour and charcoal on paper, 46″ x 36″

 

Clare Thomas, Settlers, 2017, oil on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

Clare Thomas, 2018, Hyde Park, oil on lines, 24″ x 20″. 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.

 

Clare Thomas, 2017, Girl with Dog, chalkboard paint, chalk, paper and wax on wood, each 12″ x12″. Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, 2017.

 

Clare Thomas, 2017, When I Come Back, paper and colour pencil on wood panel, each 6″ x 6.” Slide Room Gallery, Victoria.

 

Clare Thomas, 2017, from “between what was and what is” series, paper and gouache on found cardboard, each 13″ x 13″ (framed.) Installation view, Slide Room Gallery, Victoria, 2017.