Bones Remember

Lily Rodgers


It was 3:30 AM when my younger brother broke down my door to wake me up. I ran out of my bedroom in 3 steps, as if I were never asleep. From the stairs I noticed the roaring flames and shielded my face as smoke entered my lungs. The entrance to our home became an unrecognizable cluster of wood and glass.

After the house-fire my family endured on June 1, 2021, I began documenting our experience amid the architectural evolution of our home. I often compared my family members to the structure itself: my parents resembled the towering living-room windows; my brothers, the stable chairs at our kitchen counter. The bones of the house still echo the pitter-patter of feet across hardwood floors. Memories exist in the stairs, the hidden pantry and the loft that overlooks our living-room. They are not lost, and will be rediscovered when we return.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.