"Blue Goose Station, Gotebo" "Blue Goose Station, Gotebo"
"N2280 Road, Kiowa County" "N2280 Road, Kiowa County"
"Sleeping In, Henryetta" "Sleeping In, Henryetta"
"Summer Camp with Deer" "Summer Camp with Deer"
"Blue Goose Station, Gotebo""N2280 Road, Kiowa County""Sleeping In, Henryetta""Summer Camp with Deer"

Blue Goose Gas Station

Photography

18″ x 27″

N2280 Road, Kiowa County

Photography

18″ x 27″

Sleeping In, Henryetta

Photography

18″ x 27″

Summer Camp Deer

Photography

18″ x 27″

Sabine Schmidt

I have been photographing houses since I became a photographer. There are two series so far, featuring small paper houses and rural houses, respectively. A new series will show deformed dollhouses.

The house series are informed by research into the cultural history of vernacular architecture as well as personal, social, and philosophical ideas of what “house” means. For the paper houses, I designed a template that allows easy assembly of a 3D miniature house. Its shape is supposed to reflect the most recognizable way humans (in the west, but not only there) build shelter: a cube with a triangular roof attached, the shape drawn out to provide as much volume as needed. I place the houses (usually made from white rag paper) in various environments found on walks, hikes, and road trips.

To extend the concept, I began photographing the “house” principle in situ. Arkansas is full of cabins, churches, schools, outbuildings, and other structures which bear witness to the need for simple, utilitarian but beautiful buildings. A recent project in the Wichita Mountains of southwestern Oklahoma led me to similar objects there. I have studied them during time spent farther west and return to the ones I remember from growing up in small-town Germany.

The next project is a departure from my usual exterior work. I plan to alter mass-produced dollhouses with saws, drills, glue, heat, and other means, furnish and people them, and photograph the new houses in the studio.