Josh Johnson Home Bodies Mother's stocking cap (1976-1987), polystyrene, plywood, MDF, OSB, walnut, fir, aspen, pine, steel, water putty, spray paint
Den Mother
2014
Mother's stocking cap (1976-1987), polystyrene, plywood, MDF, OSB, walnut, fir, aspen, pine, steel, water putty, spray paint
19" x 19" x 17"

In 2010, I moved from Lincoln, NE to Minneapolis. Returning to Minnesota physically and mentally put me in the closet proximity to my parents I had experienced in nearly a decade. During the winter of 2010 / 2011, I used my Dad’s shop as a studio in Pelican Rapids, working for a few days, then returning to Minneapolis to continue looking for employment. The frequent visits home recalled memories of my childhood that rubbed against the reality that things had changed, my parents were now older than the idealized image I maintained of them in my mind, and the challenges we all faced could no longer be dispelled by avoidance and distance. This tension between remembered and present tropes has prompted an urge in my studio practice to address the changing identities and notions I associate with family and home. Home Bodies incorporates and builds off of artifacts collected from my family members.
Home Bodies
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