Art is a powerful expression that can break down barriers to research. I strive to create art that engages the general public to question traditionally held beliefs about space and the cities in which they live. I hope my work will increase accessibility to the important questions of social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
Here are some examples of recent work:
Vivid Summer Parklet, Eugene, OR, USA
2017 Recipient of Mayor’s Choice Award
This project challenges the effective use of urban space currently allocated to vehicular parking but transforming a standard on-street parking stall (200 sf) into a miniature public park. The theme “vivid summer” is a motif for the power generated when unique individuals form community, as distinct wood panels construct strong geometric shapes. The piece features a painting by local artist, Jessilyn Brinkerhoff. The built-in seating supports a variety of activities as well as spaces for individuals, couples, and small groups. Wide ledges accommodate drinks and computers. A standing-height counter transitions pedestrians into the parklet.
As the sun sets, the Vivid Summer parklet begins to glow; daylight sensors trigger an internal network of embedded LEDs to bath the benches in soft tones. These lights cast a beautiful array of summer colors on the benches and increase the safety of the space by illuminating a potentially dark corner of the street. The lights are powered by a small, secure PV panel that can be attached directly to the parklet or a neighboring roof.
World Design Forum, Hyderabad, India
Depending on who we are and what we look like, we experience public space differently. Factors that frame our society such as gender and age shape our impressions as we navigate the city. This project draws upon ethnographic research in Hyderabad to bridge some of those experiences to people outside of the age and gender demographics so that we may shift our “eyes” and empathize better with others in our community. It uses character frames with colored filtered lenses placed equidistant from a perspective drawing of one public space. Each color filter reveals some public space qualities and hides others. As participants look through the different color filters they begin to “see” the same public space with a different perspective. For example, the color filter representing a young girl may show the edge of a park where men hang out as dangerous while the filter for a middle-aged man may show that same park edge as a thriving and engaging. This project emphasizes the experiential difference demographics have even when architecturally the frameworks are the same.