College of the Siskiyous’ advanced photography students explore the meaning of home in a new exhibit showing in the COS Student Art Gallery in Weed.
Curator and participating photographer Angelea Heartsong-Redding said she was pleasantly surprised that the artists “ran in all different directions.”
The COS Photo Alliance exhibit titled “HOME” opened Thursday with photos from seven artists. Kyle Barney, Emma Johansson, Jasmine Gonzalez, Sergio Gonzalez, Don Lewing, Amanda Thomas and Heartsong-Redding displayed silver gelatin prints they developed from black and white film.
The images inspire the viewer to reflect on their own meaning of home. Is it a quiet place or is it in the details? Is home without a parent or wherever family and friends are?
Heartsong-Redding, who also goes by Angelea H.R., said she initially thought this would be a light-hearted concept for her, but it didn’t turn out that way. She said home was “kind of a new thought.”
“I spent a lot of time living in other peoples’ homes,” she said. “I didn’t have a very traditional upbringing.” She explained that she and her mom also lived in homeless shelters and cars. In her image titled “You left the light on,” H.R. said the light is the symbolic connection to a memory.
Kyle Barney described home as “just existing.” He said, “It doesn’t matter where you go as long as you have your favorite people with you.” Conceptual images hang between close-up photos of friend’s eyes.
To Emma Johansson, an only child, home means quiet. She said her images are a good representation of herself. “I’m an introvert. I like being by myself with a camera.” She thoughtfully considered which of her images most expressed quiet and chose “Father's Bed.”
Home to Jasmine Gonzalez is the details and comfort. She said it’s “the little details that don’t pop out at you, but if they’re missing it’s not the same.” She expresses this in her image of a portion of an ornate frame around a painting hanging in her parents' home.
Sergio Gonzalez said he found the subject of home “kind of challenging.”
“When you say home, it doesn't have to be a house. It can be something outside the house.” Gonzalez said the first thing he saw was home plate on the baseball field.
For Don Lewing, home is a combination of things. He said it’s not so much the stuff, but it’s more who he calls home with. His images make a connection between meaningful relationships and sentimental objects.
H.R. estimates about 50 guests attended Thursday’s opening reception in the gallery, which is located next to the library in the Learning Resource Building on campus. Refreshments were served and student ceramics were available for sale or to bid on for a silent auction.
The gallery will be open until Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.