drywall, pine, OSB, drywall screws, pallets

cast plaster miniatures

ash prints on paper

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In American society, a great deal of our national identity stems from the environment we have built for ourselves. Our homes, our schools, and our workplaces reflect our lifestyle and values. But, our values converge most potently in our national landmarks—places dedicated to the ferocious advancement and preservation of our shared principles. These are the places at the root of our collective being. Through the architectural fragmentation of such buildings and landmarks, this body of work, Monumental Fragments, creates an altered experience in which viewers can simultaneously experience a collection of these locations.

American architectural environments—with grand archways, steadfast pillars, and monumental stature—make use of specific combinations of elements to create a façade evoking awe and fortitude. My work explores how those same elements function when removed from their original context, no longer supported by the structure that surrounds them. This interruption of façade questions the amount of symbolic weight we give to these American landmarks, pushing towards a fresh examination of their assigned meaning.

 By reinterpreting these typically marble, lux architectural elements in wood and drywall, arguably some of the most American building materials available, I further subvert the function of the forms and disrupt façade. With cut edges, screws, seams, and internal structures exposed, my work exists as deconstructed, simple forms that contradict the aesthetic of the original spaces. The resulting collection of sculptures becomes a recontextualized assemblage of American sites that a viewer can physically explore, emphasizing the unification of national ideals as they are reflected in architecture.

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The larger works are paired with this series of souvenir-like miniatures, which have been repeatedly cast in plaster. With each cast, the depicted landmark undergoes an additional layer of simplification and reinterpretation, increasing the anonymity of the architectural forms. As the works become progressively disconnected from their original contexts, they further contradict the iconic and distinguishable nature of souvenir memorabilia. The drywall works allow viewers to physically immerse themselves in a larger architectural space while the miniatures allow for a more personal and intimate remembrance of that experience.