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New approaches to larger scale work

For the main aim of the studio residency at AHH Studio Collective, I have been testing new approaches to making larger scale work. As my work is about exploring how spaces feel through drawing, currently through the lens of architectural light, I am testing methods to present the work so it can be experienced in more active, bodily ways.

Alongside drawing, I have been revisiting practice research from 2019, questioning perspectives in relation to the covid pandemic. It has been an interesting exercise to reflect on my experience of architecture, particularly of home, before, during and since the pandemic.

Pre-pandemic I was reluctant to position my work in the home for many reasons but felt an underlying tension as I recognised how fundamentally my experience of home shapes me and motivates my work; “the architectural dwelling is not merely something we inhabit, but something that inhabits us.”

The covid pandemic has universally enforced a re-evaluation of our experience of home. During lockdown, alone or surrounded by others, with employment impacts such as work from home, furlough, or neither, our experience of home altered. For me, my home (and workplace) was full again, expanding to accommodate returning family with multiple new roles of work, rest, and play. Although grateful for the comfort and safety it provided, my home environment felt different and in a global pandemic, as I took care of those around me and watched my professional landscape morph, in many ways I felt creatively paralysed.

Now two years on, it is interesting to reflect on the impact the legacy of the pandemic is now having on our experience of home. How do we feel about ‘indoors’? What value do we now place on home? How has our home changed? How have our roles at home altered? This residency has enabled the space to work away from my home studio and this move has unexpectedly prompted clarity reflecting on my experience of home, from the outside, looking in. I am thinking about how our ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ lives have been impacted by the pandemic. For many, our homes have become more public (exterior) through the ‘open doors’ of hybrid workplace video conferencing, and yet it seems to me, this has led to a stronger need to protect the private (interior) space of home.

For me, drawing enables a deeper understanding of my interior, and while reflecting on these ideas, it has been interesting to note how my initial motivation is related to the making process; to make larger scale work, I have been drawing in a more active, bodily way. In addition, as I test installing these larger drawings, physically interacting with the drawing in a bodily way, I am thinking about the ‘interior’ and ‘exterior’ of the drawing.

Note

Fuss, D (2004). The Sense of an Interior: Four writers and the rooms that shaped them. Routledge.


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