Ice cream and art...what could be better! Using the three steps to reading art mentioned here we got together and interpreted the artwork of Nora Chin.

Floor Plans, 1986- by Nora Chin

Below are the interpretations of Stephen (my husband), Andy and Spencer (my sons), and myself.

WHAT DO YOU SEE?

  • rooms, lots and lots of rooms
  • it's a floor plan of a house
  • there's photos and drawings
  • some collage
  • it's all just the inside of the house. no roof or yard
  • the walls become transparent
  • ewww! everyone can see you go to the bathroom
  • interiors
  • empty more about the room and fixtures

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THESE FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE?

  • with the missing walls and collage, the interiors become distorted as if from memory
  • it reminds me of home
  • I'd expect more things in the rooms like toys, tools etc.. feels like things are missing
  • the floor in the bathroom looks like the floors in our house
  • the house might be old
  • staircase doesn't flow in a way that makes sense
  • feels very personal
  • it doesn't seem to be created in one sitting

WHY DID THE ARTIST PUT THIS ALL TOGETHER?

  • it feels like layers of a memory, of how the artist remembers their childhood home
  • it morphs from one room to the next. kind of like when you actually walk through a house, you remember the room you were just in
  • because some parts are drawn and some are photos it feels dreamy
  • I think it makes people feel at home
  • the artist probably did this to try something new unlike artwork I've seen before
  • because the colors that are there are bright and the details are on creative things (quilt, piano, etc...) it feels like the house is happy and creative

These are our interpretations, you may see something different. Oh, and I should mention that when we do this we don't read up about the piece until after we've looked at it.