There is a signature landscape created over generations through a process of expanding sprawl and revisionist remodeling. My work starts with the “home” and the dense suburban environment of my native New Jersey. The Northeast’s landscape has been altered and sculpted by residential living and greatly differs from the relative openness of the American West. Texas provided the contrast to assess my suburban surroundings in a broader way.
The essence of intimacy and abstraction of the sociological home is what I debate. The trending that occurs within human behavior relating to aesthetics of the home is what I bring awareness to in my work. The molding of an individual, the formation (interior/exterior) of a home, and the shaping of a landscape all have common ideals in our society, to which I am drawn.
My conceptual development starts with the physical media, whether that is clay, wood, or found material. As I progress I am constantly thinking of the individual within the society. What would their choices be? How and why are they making those choices? We all curate our homes as an aesthetic expression of individuality but this expression is censored by the pressure of social mores. I am exploring how conventional social pressures impact our understanding of home and domestic comforts.
I consider the interaction between the personal choice (material choices), the limiting of those choices (what companies mass produce), and sociological abstraction (altering our perspective of normal). The reoccurring imagery—the picture window, satellite views, and landscaping—that publicizes communal surveillance subverts the public versus private role and micro versus macro distinctiveness an occupant has with society. Beatriz Colomina writes about the Eames’ film Glimpses of the U.S.A. in her works Domesticity at War stating, “… satellite surveillance, it exposes more than the details of life in the streets: it penetrates the most intimate spaces and reveals every secret. Domestic life itself becomes the target, the source of pride or insecurity.”
I am drawn to concepts dealing with functionality, the user, and the home. I am always reflecting on spatial consideration and negotiation of mass production the user has in both interior and exterior spaces. The contemporary mentality of “homescaping” allows the inhabitant to reconcile their identity through outside forces. I employ the aesthetic of minimalism and relate to repetition and industrial elements with space to juxtapose the individual to the masses.