Urban theorists posit that we experience the city by the way in which we move through it. My work is directly inspired by my daily commutes in the city on foot, bicycle, bus or train through an ever-evolving architectural landscape. Primarily, I am interested in urban change and how the changing nature of the city presents itself in redevelopment, architectural decay, structural failure, and gentrification.
I am interested in issues that come with development and neighborhood revitalization, such as the fragility of communities and lost histories, but also how these issues serve as metaphors for memory, personal upheaval, transition, and loss. Terms that feel important to the process of creating this work are foundation, demolition, renovation, preservation, façade and retrofit.
Each site-specific artwork I create is literally attached to the space in which it is installed, and is emblematic of the history of the place where it is situated. Each piece I create is born of its site’s particular urban issues, and is meticulously constructed by hand –shaped from paper and glue, crafted with hand-cut stencils and hand-drawn animations, or painstakingly reconstructed from chipped-away paint. With this work I want to capture remnants and traces, and memorialize the resourcefulness of the ever-changing city.
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