Artifacts are objects that retain the memory from a previous use or life. They are presented in such a way to elevate themselves outside of their original context.
This installation highlights the challenges of simultaneously working with multiple sections, processes and materials of an old house. This also draws attention to the overlapping approaches to building up, re-designing and transforming materials, within a structure. Cut-up sections are presented for inspection, while others are seamlessly integrated with other materials creating new forms. Remnants and fragments that normally would be discarded are saved and given new meaning and purpose. Similar pigments, tonalities and textures tie-in elements to one another, though forms are distinctly different. The repurposed, upcycled material cast-offs used in the remodeling of our home, are given a new life. Reconfigured sections reflect material sensibility and craftsmanship used in the rebuilding process. Together, the power of the collective is shown through the aggregate of the various structures.
My Grandfather, architect and naturalist and his son, my Uncle, an animator and DIY craftsman, inspired me to do hands-on improvisation with reclaimed materials related to our home. Using my Grandfather’s hammer and my Uncle’s inner voice telling me to eye every cut, angle, notch in the process, I surrendered to the experience. Living in the south and knowing materials exposed to humidity and moisture don’t last long, I made sure to use heavier paints, longer gluing time and tighter fitting joints, clamped sections. Additive, subtractive processes along with staining, painting, bending, nailing, etc. were used. This is also an ongoing project with elements added as the house progresses. Pausing at an odd number, seven, seemed like a good place to rest for now.