JW Johnston Fine Art
  Old Haunts - Monochrome
  Old Haunts - Color
 
  Trees - Monochrome
  Trees - Color
  Shenandoah
  Water
  Impro Topo
  Rock
  Window Treatment
  iPhone
  Snow
607-237-4951
PO Box 27
Whitney Point NY 13862

"Home Body" explores imprints of time and family on my boyhood home…and on me. This is the most autobiographical, contemplative work I have done. This 120-year-old house has been the family home since 1960. I grew up here, lived elsewhere for two decades, moved back in 2003, probably for good. Evidence of my parents’ lives is everywhere: from dad’s fading notes and carpentry calculations on cracked paint walls to mom’s now mud-encrusted canning jars on the cellar’s dirt floor ("Bounty"). A few feet away are layers of age-old rock beneath more layers of cinderblock ("Foundation #1"), a depiction of time, monument to stability, metaphor for my mother and father. I want to preserve all of this. Cleaning it up or somehow “improving” things would erase part of their story. “Home Body” also contains evidence of something else: my need for a sense of permanence. I am all too aware that life is ephemeral.