Statement

 

 

I am the stranger drifting through architectural landscapes. I encounter palimpsests: a sloppily painted pink rectangle sits incongruously atop a cement wall, rendering illegible the previously scrawled graffiti underneath. The haphazard repair becomes a signifier of the blemish, negating the coverage it sought to perform. Drawn to architectural scars as metaphors for negotiations of belonging, I build simulations of non-specific facades through installation, photography, painting, and weaving. 

Considering the paint patch, my work explores ideas of painting and photography as modes of representation and perception. By installing painted reproductions of space in the site my work draws its imagery from, both the painting and the painted rely on the other to be understood. I also process image as material object by compressing, copying, fracturing images of architecture through weaving. The loom becomes an apparatus for confounding the photographic image with surface and structure of woven cloth, producing simulations of the photographed space. Yet it fails in completely selling such illusion.

In shifting visualization, I investigate how the dissonance of representation and its illusion gestures toward displacement in the same way bodies wander through and occupy space. By creating reflections of spaces that confuse its authenticity as either image or object, my work explores the threshold of familiarity, questioning its own intimacy as sincerity or as artifice.

I am both the skeptic and the nostalgic body, one longing for intimacy and perhaps only finding it in the liminal spaces that belong to nothing in particular.