The idea of feeling welcomed and being welcomed differs, whether it's through a digital platform or in a physical space. What you are being welcomed to, whether it's a person, place, thing or culture and lifestyle, is what elevates the variance of your experience. With this observation, I decided to express that idea through creating a series of welcome mats, as they were used to express what's beyond the greeting, passed the door. Each mat insinuates familiar narratives pertaining to the "home" and relate to the materials that were used for each creation. These welcome mats reveal what's on the surface but it's what is beyond that perception that causes apprehensiveness of whether or not to enter the space, or whether or not that permission is even granted. Furthermore, whether or not you have the desire to seek what's beyond the surface.
That tension, though seemingly intimidating, allows for a more authentic experience and intrigues curiosity. That same tension causes a disconnect with how we communicate with each other on the surface level, which can be seen most obviously in digital platforms, such as social media. Social media serves as the doormat for the millennial generation today. Like welcome mats, social media can be a platform that hides the real and raw beauty of what lies beyond the photo or the caption. These platforms encourage users to primarily express generic, simple and sometimes inauthentic interpretations of our lives, while the value of our personal narratives lies in the positive AND negative tension we experience everyday. These welcome mats interpret the process of life that we, as human beings, can all understand, share and relate to. Welcome to real life.