Paula Rebsom

Views of Mt. Hood from my home.

In the winter, after the leaves have fallen, if I stand on my tiptoes and look out the window in my attic I can just barely see the tip of Mount Hood.


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Views of Mt. Hood from my home.

In the winter, after the leaves have fallen, if I stand on my tiptoes and look out the window in my attic I can just barely see the tip of Mount Hood. Below that is a view of the roof of the restaurant next door and a pile of trash that has accumulated behind their restaurant. Other views from my rental home which is situated on a busy street where cars provides constant background noise, include a dry cleaning business, two auto body shops, a law office, and a pho’ restaurant whose outdoor lights buzz so loud at night that I can’t sleep with my windows open in the summer time. The only backyard wildlife that I encounter are the crows, rats, and raccoons that dig through the restaurant trash. However, if I walk 3 blocks south a spectacular view of the mountain can be seen, the noise subsides, the homes are much larger, and their picture windows somehow seem grander.


In an attempt to create my own spectacular view of the mountain from my home, I re-sided the interior of my attic with spray painted plywood, pushed a green carpet up to the wall, painted the ceiling blue, and directed a light onto a painted cut out of Mt. hood from inside my attic that reflected onto the windows. The resulting image was “View of Mt. Hood from my attic.”. For the image “View of Mt. Hood from my sidewalk.” I constructed a balcony outside my bedroom window over the garage, re-sided the outside of my house with spray painted plywood and placed a cut out of Mt. Hood in my bedroom window. The resulting image, where the mountaintop becomes dwarfed in relation to my domestic space, speaks to the values we place on the safety of the carpeted indoors vs. the wildness of the great outdoors. The deceptiveness of the images construction calls attention to the many artificial relationships that we have formed with nature.