With my interest in concepts of place and its dialectic of formation, the works by Nelson and Smith were intriguing. Both have referenced the idea of home. The home can be the stage for our earliest memories, the award for achieving the American dream, a threshold between the public and private worlds, as well as symbolize a metaphorical or virtual space that would suggest a variety of psychological responses depending upon ones experiences. For many the home may represent a sense of belonging, while for others it may signal abuse. Nelson’s No Place Like Home places a house between two spread legs in with feet in red glittered shoes drawing upon the cultural collective memory of Dorothy’s red slippers in The Wizard of Oz. Here the viewer seems to be confronted with either a sexualized desire of or for a house in a literal sense or the making of home in an erotic sense.
 Jean Robertson & Craig McDaniel, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art After 1980, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005).