Solo Show, Bridge Gallery, Lamar Dodd School of Art, The University of Georgia
“Rowhomes” represents my visual experience, as an outsider, who was living in Baltimore for two years. Trying to make sense of place in a new space, I found the rowhome facades as my visual share of the city. The current state of the rowhomes’ existence leading to their gradual disappearance resembled a sense of uprooting and displacement that I have been experiencing in my life. Displacement denies one access to the understanding of how a place is culturally shaped, and it makes you perceive space as “pre-existing void endowed with formal properties alone”, to quote Lefebvre. As such, one becomes a digital cartographer that surveys facades, textures and surfaces in pursuit of filling the void; the eyes become observatories for the surrounding unknown urban spaces; they mimick the vision of a satellite that constantly renders the spaces as digital imagery with blurry textures smeared on top of them. This series is an attempt at representing the fading image of the rowhomes as captured by the artist through three dimensional drawings that tend to see through the façade and the image.