Tulips and Sand: Rethinking Domestic Material Culture

Holly Everett (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

My maternal grandmother passed away in 1999. From her house in Lamesa, Texas, I now have a set of velvet table mats. One day I spilled a glass of water on one of them. Picking it up, I saw blood-red grit beneath, the red sand of West Texas. A quick check revealed that all the mats were heavy with it. Evoking Kathleen Stewart’s “jumpy logic ” (2005, 28), the sand is as much an artefact of domestication as the mats themselves, the erosion resulting from decades of agricultural abuse. This presentation will (re)consider the idea of home from the land upon which it is built.

Part of 22-02 Home, Environment, and Material Culture, Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm