• Don Baum

    Betsy Rosenfield Gallery

    In his historical bestseller Montaillou (1978), Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie uses the term “domus” to mean both family and house and so to describe the basic cell and unifying concept of social and cultural life in a 14th-century French village. After the death of a family head, bits of his fingernails and hair, materials that grow after death, became “bearers of intense vital energy,” and transformed the domus into a receptacle of mystical significance. In 1982, inspired by this book, Don Baum showed a group of tiny houses or huts made up of bits and pieces found along the shores of Lake Superior

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