JW Johnston Fine Art
  Old Haunts - Monochrome
  Old Haunts - Color
  Trees - Monochrome
  Trees - Color
  Impro Topo
  Window Treatment
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.