Mirroring the Void: Architecture and Self-Portraiture, 2008-2009



Using photography as a parallel medium to draw the human figure through space and time, my project constructs architectural portraits of human corporeality.
I use self-portraiture as a means of creating distance between my body and its representation, yielding a photographic subject that is at once myself and the other. This shapes the foundation for developing a personal as well as universal portrait of the body in spatial form. Self-portraiture thus becomes an architectural methodology to embrace the other within one’s own reality – it is a way of engaging in a spatial dialogue with others. Between personal biography and anatomical studies, the project moves forward with the conviction that architecture can open an introspective path to a shared space.

The resulting physical form consists of two identical 7-foot cubical space bisected by a mirror with a circular void in the center. One can either enter into one of the cubical spaces through a circular opening that faces the mirror, or simply look into the space from the outside. Upon one’s gaze, he finds his reflection absent by the void cut out in the mirror. While erasing away the human reflection, the spatial construct functions as a mirror that yields immediate awareness of the viewer’s own body as it disorients his spatial perception. Through this absence as a condition of self re-cognition, this project moves towards embodying a human dimension in spatial, architectural constructs.

void portrait  

memory #1  

memory #2  

house #1  

house #2  

house #3  

house #4  

house #5  

house #1 and #2  

enclosure #1  

enclosure #2  

body: erasure

body: erasure

body: erasure

body: erasure

self-portrait  

self-portrait  

self-portrait  

bodies  

bodies  

bodies  

body: erasure

body: objectification

body: objectification

body: objectification

body: objectification

body: geometry of limits

body-object  

anonymous object  

anonymous object  

anonymous object  

anonymous object  

interior surface  

infinitus study  

void portrait  

void portrait  

 

 

void portrait: the object

 

section  

detail: wood and steel

detail: wood and steel