The Unfinished Paradigm

The family home can be a mysterious place. For years, I feel as though I have been living within a constant transition–within a perpetually morphing environment. My family home, seeded in the suburbs of Chicago, has pitted two forces against each other–the finished and the unfinished. Understandably, the notions of the picture-perfect living space is a goal far from many–both financially and motivationally. In my experience, it is a matter of determining what is comfortable, presentable, and »tasteful« that dictates the end result. However, when too many projects are taken-on and several outrageous color schemes have found their way into the myriad of tasks, the functional living space and the unfinished space become indistinguishable.
This series of photographs is a testament to living within the unfinished as it were a completed space. Here, the façade (ego) of the home is pulled away and the secreted interior spaces (id) are revealed. The house becomes a labyrinth of rooms that demonstrate varying degrees of completion while the everyday rapidly settles, travels, and regroups.
In the end, what lurks in the unfinished? Is it failure? Conflict? Comfort? I have found that much of my work comes from observing complexes within the (or more personally, my) American family home such as passive aggressiveness, reclusive and distancing behavior, and now the physical make-up of the structure and the objects within. Here, they are thrust into the open–regardless of whether they still loiter in garbage bags beneath the beds.
This project was made using a large format (view) camera and color reversal film. All prints are archival inkjet prints.

Sunroom 2010

Family Room 2011

Bedroom 1 2011

Master Bathroom 2010

Foyer 2012

Bedroom 2 2011

Behind 2010

Portal 2011

The Unfinished Paradigm Installation: En Masse 2011