NEW ORLEANS 9TH WARD EDIT
NEW ORLEANS 9TH WARD EDIT
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CHICAGO RED SUMMER STUDY_EDIT
CHICAGO RED SUMMER STUDY_EDIT
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CHICAGO RED SUMMER_
CHICAGO RED SUMMER_
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CHICAGO RED SUMMER_EDIT
CHICAGO RED SUMMER_EDIT
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UPTOWN FINDING DOWNTOWN
UPTOWN FINDING DOWNTOWN
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UTLEY 011_ CONCEPTUAL MODELS
UTLEY 011_ CONCEPTUAL MODELS
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HOUSE STUDY
HOUSE STUDY
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Chadwick
Chadwick

Constructed architectural prototype, placed in an urban context and photographed.

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609 & 613 Cherry Street
609 & 613 Cherry Street

Constructed architectural prototype, placed in an urban context and photographed.

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Cherry
Cherry

Constructed architectural prototype, placed in an urban context and photographed.

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Voices from the community
Voices from the community
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Time Study 1
Time Study 1

Digital Collage

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MFA Work "Any City AMERICA"

 

Through the placement of portable objects in urban spaces, my work addresses the social process of gentrification. It is a catalyst in the discussion on the implication of change in an existing context through urban renewal or gentrification. I simulate this process by taking my own ambiguous yet familiar portable objects –miniature houses that serve as architectural prototypes-- and placing them in urban spaces.  Painted white, the houses are symbolic, metaphoric, allegorical, evocative and ambiguous. Their juxtaposition in the context of apparent urban renewal is an uncanny co-existence of the old and new, certainty and uncertainty, the past, the present, or the unknown. Photographing this juxtaposition in context gives the portable object equivalence to its surrounding in both scale and effect. In reality, however, small in scale and ambiguous, the object becomes a signifier for change.