My former studio
San Francisco, CA 1988
Temporary installation. Wood, dirt, sheetrock, sycamore branches.
This work, my first architectural installation, employed architectural elements that embodied Bachelardian notions about space as a metaphor for the human psyche.
The installation grew out of a need to work more intuitively.
I think of this phase as a period of conceptual detoxification — I reasoned less and stopped making logical explanations for what I was creating. While working conceptually to respond to the the room’s character and the larger site outside these walls, my activity became dominated by instinctive choices and aesthetics.
I made this piece guided by my need to nest, to settle into my relatively new studio at the time. Being in this new space, I often felt lonely, restless and wanted to escape and also experienced artist’s block.
I ended up breaking through my artist’s block by working through these emotions and expressing them in these architectural elements.