Finding Home in Unfamiliar Faces
Finding Home in Unfamiliar Faces is a book about transitioning from the familiar confines of home into a world full of strangers. All of the people captured in the book briefly shared a space with the artist between the years of 2012 and 2016, where she moved from Burlington, Vermont, to Barcelona, Spain, to Boston, Massachusetts. While she moves from one place to the next, she captures the gestures of bodies together and in isolation and reveals her discoveries of how different environments affect their inhabitants. Her drawings create a range of time and urgency and portray the artist’s pleasures of quietly observing and documenting interactions between people and places.
The book is designed with a sketchbook aesthetic. Drawings and collages taken from the artist’s sketchbooks are illustrated through the use of ink, pen, colored pencil, paint, and even coffee, recreating gestures of people and crowds in different cities. The sequencing of these sketchbook pages reveals the relationships between people and the spaces they walk through. All of the typography is handwritten and is inspired by artists books such as those by Charmaine Wheatley and Maira Kalman.
Finding Home in Unfamiliar Faces, 2016
Stephanie Rae Davis
Softcover, 300 pages