Exhibition: "Ariana Martinez, Stacy Seiler, Rachel Trusty"
Arts, Letters + Numbers
Studios at 1548 Burden Lake Road, Averill Park, NY
Opening: Friday, June 7th
Residency: Arts, Letters + Numbers
In my practice, I utilize the mediums of charcoal, cut paper collage and photography to explore the psychology that architecture plays upon its inhabitants. In the lifespan of a dwelling, there exists a state between presence and absence that takes on a form of its own. I refer to this state as “ghost architecture”. At times this experience is physical, as seen in the colorful remnant scars of chimneys, staircases and wallpaper that are left behind on the common wall of a razed building. At times it is emotional, as we revisit a structure only to be flooded with memories of childhood, work, family, tragedy, history, personal identity, and so on. At times it is purely psychological, as our memories and emotions hold the only evidence left of a building that no longer exists. We are then forced to close our eyes and envision the silhouette of the structure that we still hold dear to us. In doing so, the fallibility of this act can also conjure unexpected visual collaborations and connections between the web of imagery that has formed in our subconscious over the span of a lifetime. In the end, each unique experience stems from the same human desirer to make the intangible, the “ghost”, tangible again.