My work is an overall inquiry into Placemaking. Placemaking can be broadly defined as the mechanisms (practices, perceptions, representations, politics, and poetics) that go into physical and metaphysical spatial structuring. I negotiate these relationships and represent them in ways that demonstrate their fluidity.
I seek out subject matter that can be connected to conversations in urban planning, spatial design, and psychogeography. My work takes the form of 2-D displays (maps and represented landscapes), 3-D installations (archived data, site specific, and object collection), and participatory experiences. Currently, I am focusing on the role of memory, nostalgia, and personal spatial utility.
Space is not just a relationship of objects but a relationship of interactions. I want to show the complexities involved in fully knowing a place. By getting to know a place intimately through these processes, I am cultivating a critical and empathetic mindset to evaluate its essential structures. It is important to display this work to an audience because knowing a place instills ownership, which can in turn lead to responsible citizenship.
Photo by Muuqi Maxwell