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Working in education allows me to observe the actions of my students in a myriad of situations. I find that often they tend to act on impulse unlike adults who calculate their actions based on a variety of factors such as where they are and who they are with. This inspired my studying the use of architecture as a box in which human behavior is adjusted to meet social expectations. Each box has its own expectations and people tend to adjust accordingly. When they donâ€™t the behavior they exhibit is often judged as taboo.
By studying a specific site I hope to determine what purpose the building serves, the emotional read of the space, what people are doing there, and how they affect the site or vice versa. I document the location by using photography, and a sound recorder. I pull directly from my observations to create the architecture in my paintings by beginning with a basic floor plan and then pulling out rooms to focus on. From the photographs I select images of people that become stencils in my narrative.
I allow my stencils to take over multiple characters by not limiting them to the location they were originally taken from.Â I'm curious about how the context of the actions change when they are placed in a new setting.Â For example, the figures of my students dissecting a deer during science camp document a sense of discovery and accomplishment within the appropriate context.Â However, when those images are used to represent the same feelings of discovery my siblings and I experienced in my grandparents backyard, the meaning changes. Hopefully the end result is an environment in which multiple fractions of time, people, and actions all exist and interact within the same place.
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