Artwork > In the House on the Corner: Ruth's Story

"My husband and I built this house. It’s been my home for approximately fifty-five years. Very few of the original owners are still living in the neighborhood. I’m isolated because there are not many houses around me, and my neighbor recently passed away. That house is now empty. I do like living in my home because it’s spacious and it’s mine. I have chosen to live downstairs now to make it easier, but I feel comfortable even though I’m here by myself. I feel very safe. I look forward to getting out on Sundays for church. When I had a car I was able to get out more, and I do miss that independence.

There are so many memories in this house. My husband and I used to put on jazz music and dance around the living room at night. Sometimes I get lonesome being here alone. I enjoy spending time meditating and listening to music. The television and my computer keep me company as well. I play the piano all the time here, and sometimes I arrange music. I have been playing the piano since I was eight. Playing music is good therapy and it keeps my fingers exercised.

I am eighty-three years young."

In the House on the Corner explores life through the eyes of my Grandmother, Ruth. This series documents her and aspects of her story. She has been living in the same house for fifty-five years. It was the house she built with her husband, the place she raised all her children, and now widowed, where she chooses to still reside. In general, aging brings new challenges. Once very social people may find themselves unable to actively participate in the world anymore, yet they are very much still a vital part of society. Forced to watch the world go on without them, they sometimes become shut-ins. I am guilty of becoming consumed with my own life, forgetting to reach out to the older people in my life who, for various reasons, have to watch the world from the inside. Through both candid and posed moments and interviews I capture her life, as it is now. This series celebrates people and the lives they lived and still do live, while opening up another angle of how the stages of life affect us.

Archival Pigment Print
5" x 7"
2017
Archival Pigment Print
8" x 10"
2017
Archival Pigment Print
8" x 10"
2017