Let’s Build a Home

Salon: A gathering by Ashley Morgan


Set in the dining room of artist Ashley Morgan’s rented apartment, the first in a series of salons, Let’s Build a Home, presents visual art and begins by asking the questions: What does it mean to build a home and should it be a collaborative process?

In the tradition of a salon, conversation is the medium for building between the participants.  The idea of home is both clear and cloudy for many, appearing both stable and fleeting as we move through our lives and change and adapt.  Should we ‘never stop improving’ or is there an ideal for reaching contentment? 

Objects in this salon are represented by six artists’ use of domestic objects, craft, building materials and/or metaphors for the comfort and stability that is typically sought after under the clouds.






Artists Include 

Jessica Taylor Caponigro – Chicago

Angeles Cossio – Lincoln 

Sandra Erbacher – Madison

Adam Farcus – Baltimore

Addison Mand – Milwaukee

Matt Sauermilch – Chicago



A togetherness between two people is an impossibility, and where it seems, nevertheless, to exist, it is a narrowing, a reciprocal agreement which robs either one party or both of his fullest freedom and development.  But, once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue to exist, a wonderful living side by side can grow up, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole and against a wide sky!

          -Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke on Love and Other Difficulties


Let’s Build Something Together.

Never Stop Improving.

 -Lowe’s retail home improvement slogans from 2006 and 2011

This was a three part event with a tea party, dinner party and a cocktail party.