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There's No Place Like Home

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There's No Place Like Home

Artist: Shaunté Gates (American, born 1979)

Date: 2021
Medium: Acrylic, photographs, pulled paper, American history textbook paper, collage, and charcoal on wood panel
Dimensions:
Overall: 48 × 72in. (121.9 × 182.9cm)
Framed: 50 × 74in. (127 × 188cm)
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Object number: 2022.5
Label Text
There Is No Place Like Home presents a man riding a powerful winged creature that is also jaguar and horse. They leap into an urban landscape that has recognizable features – standing man, building, manhole cover – but is also strange and murky.

Gates’ mixed-material works of art, such as There Is No Place Like Home, are dreamlike and mythic landscapes based on his childhood in Washington, D.C. The layers of paint and paper reflect the layers of his memories. The images recall a particular geography, the people who lived there, and experiences over time in Gates’ public housing neighborhood in the nation’s capital.