Nesting is both a joyous time for birth, comfort and rest, and a fight for survival from the elements of the natural world. Nature provides beauty and tranquility, but also portends potential danger and destruction. It can be a nightmare.
My aesthetics are based on the function and utility of found objects. I repurpose their form. For me, the suitcases represent the transitory nature of home by imitating the behavior of birds, and connect to my childhood domestic reality of living in many places and not feeling rooted. Growing up this way, I found solace in nature. Building nests is a ritual expression, an attempt at stability - shelter replacing transience.
Robert Lach is one of the exhibiting artists for Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home.
IMAGE: Robert Lach, Honeycomb, 2013. Found suitcase shell, wooden crutch handle cushions. 14" x 8" x 8".