Naomi Safran-Hon – SLAG GALLERY, Brooklyn
Born 1984 in Oxford, U.K.
Home. This past fall super-storm Sandy destroyed many homes along its path. The invasion and destruction of our home, the place we feel most secured at, is unbearable. Is home really safe? In my work I investigate the tension between domestic space and the invasion of outside forces, be it nature or human. In the region where I grew up, war and violence penetrate every aspect of our daily life; similar to the way Sandy brought life to a standstill. Intermixing cement and lace allows me to explore these moments of tension. Cement, an element of the external world, represents the forces that push into lace, a fabric that contains our domestic life. Interlaying these elements into a photographic image of dilapidated homes, where no one is allowed to dwell, pushes the reality of the picture. One is not sure where the images ends and the materiality begin.