Carson Ellis, Home
Printed 2015 by Candlewick Press, 40p
What is a home if not a definition of ourselves? We decorate our places to make them cozy and representative. We like to travel and explore new places but there is always a feeling of peacefulness and belonging when returning home.
And home can mean so much. Quietly, replacing words with images, Carson Ellis invites readers to a meditation on what we call home and as the small images on the cover present, there is a plurality of possibilities. Regardless of location, a domicile is what we are.
Home is a house in the country, a flat, a wigwam, the moon or a shoe.
French people live in French homes. Atlantians make their homes underwater… Sea homes. Bee homes. Hollow-tree homes.
There are subtle classifications according to age, cultures and professions. A Japanese businessman has a modern place inviting to a minimalist lifestyle, some musicians always on tour have their home in a bus while a Slovakian duchess proudly presents her palace. Ellis even represents her own studio in a cottage in the country. This is an artist’h home.
Home is about discovering that in the end we are all the same, longing for a place of our own to represent and comfort us. Ellis’s fascination with details is charming; she decorates each home like in those games where you become the architect of your character, trying to populate the virtual world as natural and appropriate as possible.
Complement Home with Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, a deep visual story about the immigrants’ struggle to find a home and with Isabel Minhós Martins’ Coming and Going, a beautiful book about environment and the simplicity of nature.