Little Big House Gallery
323 Patten Road
Shelburne, MA 01370
ART & ILLUSTRATION
Little Big House Gallery Copyright 2015 Christine Baronas
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LITTLE BIG HOUSE was first conceived in 1968. while I was teaching at Cal. Poly' in San Luis Obispo, I was asked to act as a client for a architecture design class. The students asked me many questions about my needs all of which were practical concerns. When they were done I said most of all I want a house that has a sense of humor about it. They were flabbergasted. After a few minutes, one student spoke up saying, can you give us an example? I turned and drew little big house on the blackboard, they said nothing until I drew in the small out scale figure, then they cracked up. The idea stayed with me.
My painting at that time was minimal and primary and I was interested in the Jungian archetype. Little big house is an archetypal image. Ask Young American students to draw a house and you will get some variation of this image.
Actually, there are several stages of image development. As an art teacher I have studied this, I don't know what American prairie Indians of the 1850's would draw, but I can make a good guess. It would probably be some variation of a triangle. So I guess the image is not an archetype in the true Jungian terms, but more like a visual meme.