Finding that Home is Neither Here nor There by Kristen Fecker Peroni

Issue 24

In 2009 my husband and I, feeling the sting of the troubled economy, uprooted our family and moved across country, with the hope that a temporary job I was taking might turn into something more permanent. Only a few days after arriving in Michigan we ended up in the hospital when a member of my immediate family was diagnosed with cancer. Things only continued to get worse and a string of unusually bad luck left us dumbfounded, wondering what else could possibly go wrong. Informed by this course of events, and with the hope of connecting the dots, I turned my camera towards my family, documenting our journey.

To this day, our life continues to contain moments of pure joy but more often than not, they are hidden under a blanket of exhaustion and heartache. For close to three years now, my husband and I have struggled to continue to provide “normal” for the sake of our children, but in our imperfection, sometimes we fail. The hidden truth of our recent history is subtly layered in each photograph but does not define this moment as a pictorial representation for our future. Although daily life has become defined by two things I never imagined - weekly trips to the cancer center and a full-time job of trying to find a full-time job - I am determined to move beyond this moment, no matter how long it takes.

The spaces we inhabit stretch further beyond the walls of our home. Our lives become comfortable when we are familiar with the roads we travel and the faces around us. In the series, Finding that Home is Neither Here nor There, the metaphorical foundation of home is kept strong through tradition and routine, when four walls no longer stand. The reality of it all is that life is fleeting and that each moment is temporary. These photographs become the record of a building block that is already underneath our feet – our foundation for the future. They also hold within them an intrinsic connection to the inevitable end of life, a moment that can come without warning, or one we have time to dwell on for a lifetime.

Kristen Fecker Peroni is a Chelsea, MI based artist.
To see more of Kristen's work, please visit her website

  Casket 

Casket 

  The Burial 

The Burial 

  Birthday Cake 

Birthday Cake 

  Little Investigators 

Little Investigators 

  Two for the Price of One 

Two for the Price of One 

  The Ability to Save the World 

The Ability to Save the World 

  After the Game 

After the Game 

  Thanksgiving Came too Soon 

Thanksgiving Came too Soon 

  A Moment for Hope 

A Moment for Hope 

  Philadelphia Chromosome 

Philadelphia Chromosome 

  Waiting for the Future 

Waiting for the Future 

  Seasonal 

Seasonal 

  Hiding Spot 

Hiding Spot 

  Standing at the Edge of Innocence 

Standing at the Edge of Innocence 

  The Mess that Exists Inside 

The Mess that Exists Inside 

  New Year, New Day 

New Year, New Day