‘Feels like home’ is an exhibition of paintings drawn from the personal photo archives of immigrants, refugees and other itinerants about leaving home and creating a new home. It is an ongoing series that explores themes of home, displacement, immigration and the effect of political policies that restrict movement.
Thomas Cartwright was born in Toronto and lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and shuttled between the two in his youth; he is, perhaps consequently, drawn to themes of displacement and resettlement. Both his ‘homes’ (Toronto Islands and Cape Town) are rich in natural beauty, and his work consistently explores the coming together of the natural world and the human-made, constructed one. He is drawn to beauty and he is drawn to meaning, and his work is an exploration of both.
Born in Homs, Syria.
Also lived in Damscus, Syria and Beirut, Lebanon.
Currently living in Italy.
My tears fell when I saw these paintings, seeing your pain mixed with my broken memories. I am not an artist, but I felt like every one of them was shooting a different story. I have no pictures, my phone is broke (just one other thing to make my life easier).
For me, the situation here isn’t the best. I don’t know how to explain it, but being here as a refugee without any kind of help or support physically, mentally or emotionally made the time very hard to pass. Hopefully, it’s over now. Honestly, it was not that bad… I had a more difficult time in Syria and in Lebanon, where my family and I spent more than a month unable to leave the house, without electricity, sometimes without even water for days. So truthfully I didn’t really feel bad in quarantine, with electricity and food and water, with internet also. It was like a good vacation against my past experience in life. It is hard to be alone, though.