Statement

 

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

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