The Uncanny Silence

2017 to 2018

 

This project examined the interplay between architecture and light that generates ‘the uncanny silence’¹ of shadows and their influence on our experience of internal spaces. Research considered the complex nature of shadow that relates to Bachelard’s ideas around poetic imagination, day dream and reverie.

Following on from work on the York Art Gallery Project, the  relationship between shadow and drawing was further examined – shadow traces architecture, drawing traces architecture.  Inspired by geometries of dark and shade, working employed a felt, rhythmic action of drawing responding to subtleties of marks on translucent paper surfaces when interacting with light.

Studio working opened up more mysterious aspects where the ‘homely’ and ‘unhomely’ –ness of architectural shadow were considered.  

¹ Tanizaki, J (2001) In Praise of Shadows. Vintage, London.