Building Neighbors

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"Building Neighbors" is an installation composed of 1000 handmade paper house shaped drawings, ranging in size from 1 inch to about 10 inches tall. They are on mirrored surfaces and relate to each other, the environment and especially to the viewers in myriad ways. Because of the mirrored surfaces, the viewers can also see themselves and each other reflected in the art work. In this way the installation is not really complete until there are folks milling around it and sometimes even using it to relate to each other. Of course it then changes all the time. Each house provides multiple surfaces for loosely narrative fragments that also in juxtaposition to each other encourage viewers to invent story themselves. The images range in a visual continuum from figurative to abstract to non-objective. The shapes, including the empty spaces, various planes, verticals and horizontals add to the visual music which encourages viewers to look and consider from many view points and in many ways. Perhaps most important is the idea of exploring perceived edges and the spaces in between them. You can see more of my work at my website,

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: about 15'
  • Medium: mixed
  • Width: about 15'
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: floor to ceiling space