Salvaged Landscape

Catie Newell's avatar Catie Newell

Framed by the setting and pace of demolition, Salvaged Landscape appropriates the charred wood from a Detroit house hit by arson to create a new room, keying into the opportunities present in its own timeline; constructed with the demolition of the house occurring around it. Amidst a purposeful tear-down, the project responds to the new textures, spaces, and light effects that resulted both from the fire and demolition. Using existing material from the house as the palette and existing spaces as form-work, as a study of materials and light, the work explores the raw and scorched depths of the wood while simultaneously providing the work and the house with light punctures and the explorations of spaces intentionally left dark. As a sculpture it projects new volumes and a constructed inhabitable passageway through wall thickness and throw. The installation includes photographs of the process to reveal a larger part of its story. Viewers are permitted to walk through it; house's heart.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 11
  • Medium: Charred wood installation, house demolition
  • Width: 9
  • Year created: 2010
  • Height: 8