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2003-2005, Life-size scale
Unhomelike is a literal translation of the idiomatic German expression unheimlich. Sigmund Freud uses the term to describe a simultaneous feeling of strangeness and familiarity - a sense of being "not at home" in the world. Though English does not recognize the word unhomelike,
I have chosen it as the title of this series of work to express the tension between the unease of not feeling "at home" in the world and the often unconscious awareness of our universal connection to each other, of being attuned to and intertwined with our surroundings.