Bess Bieluczyk

Assembling Intimacy

I’ve been living in the same house for over four years, the longest I’ve lived in one place since I moved out of my parents’ house. Being settled, especially with a partner, has forced me to deal with my anxieties about domesticity and “settling down”. I worried about feeling trapped, losing my independence and not having my own space. In my previous series, I dealt with these negative aspects of domesticity by constructing scenes from perspective of an unhappy housewife. What has come as a surprise to me is that, despite the compromises that come with sharing a dwelling, I’ve found unexpected pleasures in nesting and making a home. The scenes I capture are a document of our everyday lives. Some exist already, while even the elaborately constructed images remain in their place for a long period of time as a new part of our new reality and a means of coping and appreciating what has been built.

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