June's House by Tait Simpson

Issue 14

In July 2009, my grandmother, June, passed away at the age of 93. To help my father deal with her effects and the sale of the house, I traveled to meet him in Rogers, Arkansas. This was not my father’s childhood home and I had only been here a handful of times: June and my late grandfather, Russell, had moved late in life. They had been traveling across the country when their RV broke down on a Friday afternoon. They were forced to stay the weekend in this small town and by the time their camper was repaired, they had found a new home.

I set out to document this experience with my father and to explore the sentiments of my own grief without nostalgia. I hoped to uncover some truth about my grandparents’ lives and something universal about family and loss. In cataloguing the space they left behind, the void that is an empty house, I felt connected to their life and its summation. I found a certain tenderness for a place I had hardly known and an understanding of the distance that can exist between even the closest family.

Tait Simpson is a New York City based artist.
To view more of Tait's work, please visit his website.

  Lary, 2009 

Lary, 2009 

  Fresh Grass, 2009 

Fresh Grass, 2009 

  Stone, 2009 

Stone, 2009 

  Plastic Flowers and Iron, 2009 

Plastic Flowers and Iron, 2009 

  June's House, 2009 

June's House, 2009 

  Kissing Cherubs, 2009 

Kissing Cherubs, 2009 

  New Chairs Replace The Old, 2009 

New Chairs Replace The Old, 2009 

  The Things We Didn't Know, 2009 

The Things We Didn't Know, 2009 

  Kitchen Window, 2009 

Kitchen Window, 2009 

  Bulb and Hooks, 2009 

Bulb and Hooks, 2009 

  Grandpa's Big Fish, 2009 

Grandpa's Big Fish, 2009 

  Easy To Get Lost, 2009 

Easy To Get Lost, 2009 

  Tupperware, 2009 

Tupperware, 2009 

  Lary and Cane, 2009 

Lary and Cane, 2009 

  2nd Facade, 2009 

2nd Facade, 2009 

  Web, 2009 

Web, 2009 

  Lary In The Backyard, 2009 

Lary In The Backyard, 2009 

  Sunflowers, 2009 

Sunflowers, 2009 

  Neighbor's Dog, 2009 

Neighbor's Dog, 2009 

  Silhouette In The Shed, 2009 

Silhouette In The Shed, 2009