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At The House Of Dreams

January 15, 2019
by the gentle author

A number forty bus took me from Aldgate to the House of Dreams and it only took half an hour to arrive at the front door. Once across the threshold, an alternative cosmos of colour and eye-popping surreal fantasy awaits, transporting you far from the London rain.

Perhaps one of the happiest people I have met, Stephen Wright delights to share the strange but joyous world of his personal subconscious, peopled with a universe of outlandish celestial beings – all made tangible within the interior of a modest Victorian terrace.

For this ever-growing endeavour is no random installation, but an endearingly intimate diary of Stephen’s emotional and spiritual life in sculptural form – as he was eager to explain when I dropped by last week.

“There is no plan – it’s just evolving, like life itself! My house is like a baby that needs constant feeding. It says, ‘Mama, I need more food!’ and I say, ‘Oh, give me a break.’

It began as a response to a series of programmes by Jarvis Cocker about ‘Outsider Art.’ When I saw those, I thought, ‘I’ve found my family, I’ve found where I fit in.’ So I visited a lot of Outsider Artists in France, they were mostly elderly, and then I began work on my House of Dreams in 1999/2000.

At first it was purely decorative, but then it became a response to the death of my partner Donald, and when – two years into it – both my parents died, I found that difficult to deal with. So my work changed and it became a way of grieving and dealing with loss – because I didn’t have a family this became my way of life. I want to leave something behind. Since then I met Michael, ten years ago, and he’s been very supportive. It’s important to have someone on your side.

I’m from the North and I found it difficult to put down roots in London, so I live in this safe house behind a high wall with a gate where I feel free to be me. All the objects in my house carry a meaning or memory for me and many are from places I consider sacred, like Cornwall, Paris, Barcelona, Madrid & Amsterdam.

The design has a South American style because I’m in touch with spirits from a former life when I was a grave digger in Oaxaca. I’ve been to Mexico to visit the place where I was born.

I’m always amazed that anybody wants to come to my House of Dreams but I love it. People come round all the time to visit and I’ve made a living out of being me. I get up and I’m me. I’m me everyday!”

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. January 15, 2019

    Fantastic, but I couldn’t live there! Valerie

  2. Lucy permalink
    January 15, 2019

    Amazing! But where does he live? There’s isn’t an inch of space…!

  3. Greta Kelly permalink
    January 15, 2019

    A labour of love, reminds me of Gaudi’s wall and work in Barcelona.

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    January 15, 2019

    another wow! Wow! WOW!! post – fantastic stuff – thank you for brightening up our day! x

  5. Madeleine permalink
    January 15, 2019

    WOW! Oh how I would love to have the courage to turn my home into a ‘House of Dreams’,
    beautiful, expressive and impressive. Long may it continue to exist and expand.

  6. January 15, 2019

    Wow! Incredible. There’s a lot of work in the House of Dreams. Mexican touch, definitely, but there’s a lot more than that. You definitely know how to find interesting people. Please keep on doing it.

  7. Susan Levinson permalink
    January 15, 2019

    We visited the House of Dreams the last time we were in London (in 9/15) and I highly recommend it. Not only is it quite a fascinating place, but we also really enjoyed talking to Stephen.

  8. January 15, 2019

    “May the beauty we love be what we do.” — Rumi
    This post reminded me of the power of each individual soul.

    Thank you Stephen for expressing yourself so fully.
    Thanks, GA, for taking us along.

  9. Victoria Cooper permalink
    January 15, 2019

    Fascinating, and like he says, unforgettable.

  10. Mark P permalink
    January 15, 2019

    GA….you find us the most interesting and wonderful people. Thank you.

  11. Kristine permalink
    January 16, 2019

    The older I become, the more I admire people who live as they feel called to live. It is as if they are saying, “this is what I like, this is what brings me joy and satisfaction, and I am going to live accordingly.” What a feast for the eyes! My thanks to both the artist and the Gentle Author for sharing this with us.

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