The root of the word archive, ‘arch’ also comes from archeon, a place of residence, a house and a dwelling place. Exclusion and inclusion, inside and outside are at the centre of homes. Similarly the concept of the body as a dwelling space can be seen in the phrase, ‘your body is a temple’ or ‘feeling at home in your body’. The painter creates a marking, scoring and storing on the canvas not as something fixed, as to be housed, but a place ‘to be alive’, as an archive where each individual mark is viewed as a full history on canvas. I change, adapt my body in a radical act of self care to align with my subconscious sex and store like an archive a record of change and becoming in the same way that a painting is a record of change. I turn away from the idea of being ‘housed’ in my body because the relationship between trans people and architecture is hidden, uneasy and opposing on the surface. As a trans woman my body is not a fixed dwelling, but rather a work in progress, occupying the space of transition and becoming.