Art, Art History and Design, School of


First Advisor

Santiago Cal

Date of this Version



Boris, Amber, "I Want to Go Home" (2022). Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College of the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Fine Arts, Major: Art, Under the Supervision of Professor Santiago Cal. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2022

Copyright © 2022 Amber Boris


The significance of a home lies within the memories of the space. I Want to Go Home is a body of work that explores this idea through a collection of sculptures and drawings depicting my childhood home. This house holds meaning to me not only because it is where I grew up, but because it was also my mother’s childhood home. Six generations of our family have passed through the house, creating a long history of associated stories, memories, and emotions.

I have constructed scaled down sculptures of rooms for these memories to live in. The spaces are left empty, allowing the viewer to look in and imagine what has happened there. Many of the memories that I have of this house are based on stories that have been told to me by family members, creating an array of real and unreal memories. The drawings depict figures in and around the home and show intimate moments that reflect both the real and imaginary. Through these sculptures and drawings, I aim to elicit the wide range of feelings that can be felt toward one place, and how even after we are gone, the energy of what has happened there can still be felt.

Advisor: Santiago Cal