Myths and fairytales are so engraved on the norse soul, almost from the day it is born. And so are the iconic images and imagery that accompanies them. It is our cultural heritage, a map of what has come before. They are part of what makes us who we are, they are our stories. It so much a part of our cultural upbringing that some of us often fail to realize how based in national romance we and some of our ideas are until we are faced with a larger, foreign unknown. This is what has happened to me over the 6 years I have lived in Australia. This transition, this displacement between where I come from and where I am has made me question my own identity and belonging. Having lived and experienced the larger part of my life as an outsider, regardless of country, a feeling of being at home and out of place at the same time has become permanent. And it has made me homesick. But how can you be homesick when you no longer know where home is?

 Theodor Kittelsen – Soria Moria, 1900

If you look in a dictionary for the definition of Home, you will find something like this:      1 a : one’s place of residence : domicile                                                                                b : house                                                                                                                                    2 : the social unit formed by a family living together                                                        3 a : a familiar or usual setting : congenial environment; also: the focus of one’s domestic attention <home is where the heart is>                                                      b : habitat                                                                                                                                  4 a : a place of origin <salmon returning to their home to spawn>; also : one’s own country <having troubles at home and abroad>                                              b : headquarters                                                                                                                  2 <home of the dance company>                                                                                                     5  : an establishment providing residence and care for people with special needs <homes for the elderly>                                                                                               6 : the objective in various games; especially : home plate

— at home                                                                                                                          : relaxed and comfortable : at ease <felt completely at home on the stage>                2 : in harmony with the surroundings                                                                                    3 : on familiar ground : knowledgeable <teachers at home in their subject


 Theodor Kittelsen – Kvitebjørn Kong Valemon, 1912

…a song for 
someone who needs somewhere
to long for

cause I no longer know
where home is

– Kings of Convenience


About Dida

Visual artist, light painter and mother.
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