Keller, Erin, Raw Hospitality, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 40 in., 2020, $650.jpg

Hospitality - Visual Art

In Raw Hospitality I wanted to show the inward tension I experience when I open up my life and home to others. A battle always erupts inside my head when I invite others in. Is my house nice, am I a good cook, where will everyone sit, what will I have to clean up? So, in response to that battle, I chose to paint an hour glass figure to represent two things. The first is the time you give up when you host. The second is the release of that inward tension, when you give up the battle, just let it happen, and can truly welcome people. The result becomes a blessing for you, the host, and also the guest who was welcomed and accepted. It’s a battle to make your guests feel like they're at home, even if you wish they were. Sometimes, it’s raw. But it’s a battle worth fighting.

- Erin Keller