Coming Home is a project that addresses the plurality of what we understand to be home. It explores the intersections of childhood memory, the realities of adulthood, and the physicality of home itself. My work examines the ways in which personal and collective memory define identity, gender, culture, and relationships.


Coming Home documents my experience of rediscovering home and revisiting childhood memory as an adult. This series of photographs investigates changes in scale from childhood to adulthood and discrepancies between youthful imagination, our expectations, and the physical and practical realities of maturity.


I have photographed three houses: my dollhouse, my playhouse, and the house I grew up in, the house I am living in now. These three edifices embody childhood memory, the passage of time, and the transference of roles from parent to child, and inversely, from child to parent. I examine ways in which visual ideas of identity and family relationships are the cornerstones of home, creating visual worlds that mirror the real world.


This selection of black-and-white photographs addresses identity, places, memory, real and imagined. In photographing the present, I am re-photographing and re-appropriating the past acknowledging a sense of time and longing. Coming Home invites the viewer to consider her/his own experiences by intertwining realms of intimacy and universality. – Catherine Wilmer


Atlanta native Catherine Wilmer is a photographer who splits her time between Atlanta, New York, and Paris. Catherine earned a BFA degree at The New School / Parsons School of Design and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography at Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta.
Catherine’s photographs have been shown nationally and internationally. In Atlanta, she had solo exhibitions at Trois Gallery at Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta in 2019 and at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in 2015, in addition to a two-man exhibition at Swan Coach House Gallery. In 2019, she participated in two group exhibitions at South x Southeast Gallery ,and in 2018, was in group exhibitions at Photo Buckhead Juried Exhibition, Honorable Mention – Atlanta, GA, The Staged Poetic Image Group Exhibition – Rockport, ME, Atlanta Photography Group – Atlanta, The Documentary Project Group Exhibition – Red Hook, Brooklyn, The Drum Major Project Exhibition, Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Art Program, Peachtree Gallery, Atlanta.
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