History of the House
OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 30x24 in
- We live in the present, but memories retain a world from the past.
- There is always a sense of wanting to keep the elusive moment from fading away.
- Using a single image, we set a trap to retain the invisible, the no longer tangible.
A giant book opens onto a stately, presentable New York house. Built perhaps during the early
1900s, the building's solid facade stands out in sharp contrast to the soft facing pages of the
book. The juxtaposition of well-worn paper with hard granite could draw an analogy to the
elasticity of brain tissue and the toughness of the cranium – that human strongbox that holds
our data of the past.
Human memory keeps the image of Venus, who was born from the font of the sea – a wellknown
metaphor of purity, beauty, infinity, and inexhaustible depth. The Birth of Venus
created by Sandro Botticelli more than 500 years ago, in 1485.
The house takes up only so much space in the city, but human imagination has no limits and
translates the images of the past into the framework of the present. It is worth noting how
the symbolism of a book is similar to the symbolism of a residential building: as a page consists
of parallel lines, an apartment block consists of parallel floors. Individual letters along those
lines could be linked to individual faces looking out of the building's windows.