Pat Gibson began this small series in late 2019 as an experiment in mounting semi-transparent Mylar layers on board. Focusing on abstracted images of the home, she explores the sentimental meanings and values tied to our connection to domestic space. In Gibson’s words, “The house shape which is placed under the top layer suggests to me a safe place to live, grow, love and create.”
As Gibson continued the series through the COVID-19 pandemic, her view of the series began to change and evolve. She described that “The work soon took on a life of its own reflecting the current stories of historic floods, fires and masses of people seeking asylum. Perhaps the piece Neighbours at Night foretold of the isolation we would experience in 2020.” Although there is an added sense of melancholy involved with the disruptions and layering of Gibson’s imagery of home, what is also revealed is strength in adversity.