Mr. Berger's Original Shell

Mr. Berger's Original Shell

Mr. Berger's Original Shell playing with labor, love, and the fine line between loneliness and solitude. Labor can be observed through the traditional masculine and feminine use of craft. The feminine craft is found in the hook rugged home, a laborious and time consuming process.

This hook rug doll house is presented as the dream home. It is a home with a "sort of airy structure that moves about on the breath of time... {greeting} us everyday of our lives in order to give us confidence in life." (Bachelard, 1958)

Like a Kinkade painting, love is found in the glowing windows. “Glowing windows say welcome. They say all is well. They say that someone’s waiting, someone cares enough to turn a light on.” (Clapper, 2006) With these glowing windows a question of loneliness and solitude is asked. Are the glowing windows a beacon of loneliness, such as the case of Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, who turned on each light in his mansion as a way to draw Daisy’s eye from across the bay? (Fitzgerald, 1925) Or are the glowing windows a sign of enlightened contemplation, indicating a place of imagination and personal growth?