An Exploration of Architecture and Space
A common trend seen throughout my art this year is architecture and space, which relates to my fascination of what makes a home. To some, a home is purely structural and practical, but to others, “home’ may mean wear, withering, or perhaps a fond childhood memory. To me, the word home takes on both meanings. As someone who is endlessly inspired by architecture, the process of designing and putting together a home is just as important as the purpose that structure will fulfill after its construction. I have spent every summer of my life in rural Maine. In a small town sparsely populated by 19th century cabins and dilapidated barns that used to serve a functional purpose, rather than an aesthetic one. A purpose that wasn’t just fitting in with what life used to be like. Printmaking is an extremely historical and physical process. One that requires the artist to map an idea out on a block, and then execute it. Similarly to how houses start off as blueprints, and are transformed into physical buildings. Combining the process of printmaking and the picturesque coastal houses of a version of Maine that is stuck in the past, allowed me to produce artwork that not only appreciated two ancient methods, but also incorporated a modern minimalist layout. To me, minimalism represents the desolateness of rural Maine, but also the simplicity of the printmaking process.