Home is pleased to be exhibiting artwork by Hayley Megan French in 12.06.24. Pictured are two works from The Pipeline, acrylic on Polaroid photographs, mounted on Tasmanian Oak. Join us for opening drinks on Wednesday June 12th 6-8pm.

The Pipeline project began when my partner and I moved into our then rental home on Dharug Country, Old Guildford in 2018. Soon after we moved in, I picked up a copy of Alain de Botton’s Architecture of Happiness at a second-hand book fair. It was a fortuitous find. The book both articulated and inspired the relationship I was building to the first home which we have filled with everything we own (we both have hoarding tendencies though I prefer to think of myself as a collector).

Architecture works on us slowly, de Botton writes – ‘…architecture asks us to imagine that happiness might often have an unostentatious, unheroic character to it, that it might be found in a run of old floorboards or in a wash of morning light over a plaster wall…’

A very suburban kind of happiness.

The Architecture of Happiness inspired me to take more notice of the intensely personal nature of other people’s houses. Their temperament, their vices and virtues. To see every house as a home, and their collective, a neighbourhood.