The images in my new work are meant, in part, to
question how imagination, geometry and structure shape our physical
and cultural environment, and how that environment impacts the
individuals living in those spaces. Architectonic
is an on-going series of works on paper and animations inspired
by two separate yet seminal influences in my artistic life: my
present experience of witnessing my citys transformation
through rapid building development, and Constructivism, a one-hundred-year-old
art and architecture movement that captured my imagination as
a student. We are in a very similar cultural moment today to the
one the original Constructivists faced after the first World War.
Many of us believe, as the
Constructivists assumed, that impressive technological
advances will eventually create a better world but are challenged
by pervasive consumerism and a focus on personal gain, often at
the expense of our communities. In Seattle, our environment is
constantly changing architecturally, often in dramatic ways. Landmarks
and other more modest historic structures are disappearing, so
we no longer have them as a touchstone for our sense of cultural
continuity. The result is a shifting sense of place and a constant
reconfiguring of space, combined with an expanding visual uniformity.
How much rapid change can we absorb without feeling detached from
our environment.? And frequently, we as citizens dont know
who is deciding what our city will look like. This contributes
to a growing sense of powerlessness made clear by events in the
national political world.
The original sound score for the Architectonic
animations was created by sound designer, Johanna Melamed.