‘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 the genesis of an ongoing series that will explore themes of home, displacement, immigration and the effect of political policies that restrict movement.
The artist invited friends, family and acquaintances who live outside of the country of their birth to send him up to five photographs, from their personal collection, of what feels like home to them – from any time and any place. He selected up to three of their images, and then asked the people taking part to write something about the images he had chosen to paint. The words are quite beautiful, and worth a read.
This first series of paintings on the theme was exhibited at The Rectory Gallery, Toronto.
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.