My work is a complex, multi-layered and multi-faceted response to the rural southeast with its dilapidated and abandoned homes being reclaimed by natural forces. The absence of the former inhabitants, in what once was a warm sanctuary, inspires questions of why a family discarded what was cherished and prized. These structures are manipulated so the formerly rigid and geometric forms constructed by man’s hand are warped into organic arcs as the houses lose their footings and start to collapse back into nature. Flat, vintage wallpaper patterns become the vines and trees that now call the structure home and further distort and disguise them. These homes, in some pieces barely discernible from the flora and environment, become a representation of loss, such as personal losses I have experienced, the loss of the unknown family that used to reside in these places, and the loss of rural prosperity, potentially the catalyst for a family to leave. As I explore these homes hidden in the recesses of the Appalachian landscape, I construct stories based on the objects that are left behind and the deteriorated structure.