Desublimated Landscapes: Artist Statement
Inspired by Richard Diebenkorn's color-unified landscapes of the Ocean Park series, this project was funded through a traveling fellowship to study city peripheries in Western Europe and Middle America. Sites were selected and documented based on the strong identity with their surrounding landscape and diverse mix of space. The goal was to find mechanisms capable of unifying the eclecticism of suburban life that we live in today. However, what was found resided in the residue of built space, rather than architecture itself, generating an interest of the scatological.
Construction and entropic sites along the city's edge become common occurrences that people inhabit to manifest their sublimated desires; resulting in a new typology of public space. This ongoing investigation of such space and the actions it witnesses is reflected in the displayed assemblages that attempt to represent these catalysts of cultural growth. Temporary materials of the construction process are strung between batter boards, bending the wood in tension and compression. They allude to depth through color and line, while being sculptural collages of their own scale and density. The subjective reading of the work parallels that of the landscapes from which they were derived.