There are thousands of quotes and expressions for the importance of your home, whether it be where your heart is or wherever you are or any combination of the two. The place we call home is where we live and entertain and find our most comfort: it is a sacred place. It’s surprising that these places of personal and cultural history aren’t dignified with more than just wall decorations and some photos of it–why not pieces of art? Local artist Adrianne Goodrich is starting a new project, where she creates hand painted and hand drawn portraits of homes in Los Angeles to commemorate them and their beauty.
“The project was born when I was in school and broke,” Goodrich told us, “I started making drawings of the houses near my school in River Forest, IL. River Forest is home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s home and studio along with many other gorgeous turn-of-the-century Victorian homes. Needless to say, the neighbors weren’t into it and I remained a starving young art student.” Goodrich grew up with a knowldege of homes as her father was a woodworker and owner of a small antique store/architectural renovation business. Her experiences with her father restoring houses to their original states has influenced her art, which now is often based on homes and buildings.
The bulk of her work are inspired by home and business, be it in Los Angeles or pulling from other places she has lived. Her pieces are all hand-drawn on acid-free bristol, which are drawn with .01 micron pen and colored by hand-painting with Gauche. “At the end of the project, I hope to create a small publication of all the homes people afford me to draw,” she says of the project. She works from people sending in photos of their homes and then creating them. Her work ties the home to stories that people relay of why they love the house and what has happened in the house. With that information, she imbues her pieces with this history.
Goodrich currently works at Los Angeles film collective Sirocco Research Labs, where she is a production designer (her work can be viewed here). Her artwork based on homes is currently a side project she does. If you’d like for her to create a piece on your place, contact her here.