I have moved 29 times in my life, which initiated my interest in personal fragments that contribute to one’s identity. I am claiming anonymous spaces, focusing on how to feel at home. How to live in the shadow of someone else’s previous interior choices which left traces in the space?
How to feel at home
I am interested in the personal fragments of the items that contribute to one’s identity within the domestic and private space. Through self-reflection in the process phase, I discovered having moved and relocated 29 times in my life, due to the choice of my parents, my studies, or the lack of long-term contracts. Therefore, the choice to move this often was not initiated on my behalf, rather it became a must and consequence of choices by others, my occupation, and situation at that specific time. The spaces I have inhabited, have often already been furnished before I inhabited them. Because of certain limitations such as transportation, duration, vessels, finance and quantity, I could not bring most of my personal items I would have liked to obtain throughout my moves. I am exploring how to claim these anonymous spaces, focusing on how to feel at home within a space that has already been inhabited. How to live in the shadow of someone else’s previous interior choices which left traces in the space? I am longing for the possibility to establish my own identity in temporary spaces I inhabit, and through that, having a personal relation and connection with the items around me.