We Buy Houses
“We Buy Houses” is a visual arts project that maps the American foreclosure crisis. Art is rendered in glass and on paper.
“We Buy Houses” (2013-Present), is a project I developed to visualize the foreclosure crisis in America. Instead of numbers, houses symbolize the foreclosures. When all of the cities are rendered in this manner and considered together, the resulting work is abstract, reminiscent of both hieroglyphics and binary code.
My initial work on “We Buy Houses” began with a creative inquiry of 14 cities that had the highest foreclosure rates in the US in the spring of 2013. In 2014, I looked at housing inequities in Ferguson, MO, as a test case of the relationship of poverty to high profile police-involved shootings using deadly force (Michael Brown).
“We Buy Houses” is still a work-in-progress. I plan to look more broadly at all 50 states and develop an exhibition that visually displays the magnitude of the housing crisis.