I trace the sunlight coming in through the window. With masking tape I outline the shape it makes, every 20 minutes, as it slowly slides across the room. At night, I paint the walls, the floor and everything else. Finally I peel away the tape, uncovering the original surfaces within that path of light.
Ideally, I would apply this process to all the rooms of a fully-furnished home. I imagine the house to be a typical suburban home - not an outlier in terms of location, class, style. The house is likely to be abandoned - but if someone would let me paint their house and everything inside of it - great! They can continue to live there. The painted sofa will feel a little crunchy.
The house should remain open to visitors who wish to explore. Wandering the rooms, there is a feeling that this place is frozen in time. But it’s also constantly changing. The light streams into each room at a different time of day and at different times of the year.
Erin Diebboll makes drawings of past homes from memory and places she’s never seen described to her by others. She was raised in Massachusetts and has been based in Brooklyn and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a current fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and has been granted residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, Kala Art Institute, Tsarino Bulgaria, the Vermont Studio Center, LMCC’s Swing Space on Governors Island and the Lower East Side Printshop. She received her BFA from Cooper Union.