Building versus un-building/ constructing versus deconstructing, the words are closely related, not separable yet understood as opposite forces. Building and un-building are fundamental in the meaning and in the act of creation as well as the essence for change. Pablo Picasso in a famous quote: “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction” further opens the importance of the undoing, underlines the process and creative act in it. While in Picasso’s quote, “destruction” has a mostly metaphorical meaning as in the destruction of values and ideas, the work in un- building the discarded starts with a literal de-construction/ un-building or destruction of actual objects that had significant meaning at some point in time.
The act of de-construction, the opposite of the original making and assemblage is the tipping point of my transformative work that engages the viewer from one status to another. While in the material word the object remains essentially the same, the de-functioning, de-constructing and appropriating creates another word of being.
Nelson Goodman stated in Ways of Wordmaking that “Worldmaking as we know it always starts from worlds already on hand; the making is a remaking. Nothing exists for a first time, nothing is new, all making is remaking, appropriating, transforming, therefore changing.
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Preservation with imagination intends to reverse this attitude and to overlay the imagined perfect historical image with the real life and the actual by overstating, overexposing, transposing, scaling and multiplying the imperfections and additions of time. Transformation techniques used should represent the changing time we have undergone in society, in technology (electrification, telephone, TV, water and gas connection), in values (esthetics, energy consciousness, space requirements) since the original construction of the building. The work will further try to engage questions of <em>what, why, how and when</em> in historic preservation.
Softscape usually refers to the parts or elements of natural landscapes. My photography and photo editing on softscapes is to give human character to our usually hard build environment, to re-create space through the body.
Softscapes stands in contrast to architectural hardscapes that fill our lives within and outside the spaces we inhabit.