August 3, 2012 - March 18, 2013
Philadelphia artist Kay Healy is known for her hand-drawn, hand -sewn, stuffed fabric cutouts of life size home furnishings. She depicts furniture and domestic objects by screen printing line drawings onto fabric. She cuts out the printed image along with a backing material and adds stuffing to create a subtle dimensionality. In Coming Home, Healy reinterprets 4 rooms - a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, and living room-side-by-side, aligned one after the other. The rooms are highly detailed with more than 50 common household items that include a refrigerator, oven, step ladder, and broom; a bathroom sink, towel rack, and claw foot bathtub; a dining room table and piano; and a chair, cabinet, and antique radio - all realistically arranged atop hand -printed fabrics that allude to patterned wallpaper or a tiled wall.
In this particular installation, Healy based the contents of the rooms on the recollection of 4 Philadelphians as they describe the furniture and decor of their childhood homes. The 4 individuals - Leroy, Peggy, Kim and Frank all grew up in various decades and in different sections of the city. Through their conversations with Healy, she has meticulously sewn each room in order to capture each individual's nostalgic look back at the objects and furnishings that defined their former homes. Although each room represents a specific person, the rooms are common to all of us. Coming Home is an endearing, often whimsical remembrance of objects, lifestyles, and eras past.