Lisa Dahl

Region: Northeast

The suburban home--the home of my childhood--is a familiar cultural icon in our sprawling landscape, tacitly addressing the "American Dream" and its discontents. I use images from real estate magazines, as well as my own photographs, and obliterate the houses under multiple layers of brightly colored paint and other materials. This democratization of the rooflines and architectural details, paired with the remaining landscaping, allows the images to read still as recognizable forms, but the new structures have no means of entry--no sense of the comfort we equate with the homes of our dreams.