My latest work has been rooted firmly in the study of city architecture and the physical locale. Having lived in the suburbs, country, and city I have examined diverse architecture and have explored what constitutes a home. Why are certain people drawn to one location over another? I’ve chosen to represent my habitat of preference and also my longing to reside there. Perhaps it is the quality of line that defines each brick, cornice, cladding, and window pediment that magnetizes my eye. These unique forms fold over one another and remain endlessly fascinating. Inspecting, recording, and retaining these buildings helps bring me closer to the real New York.
To discover and understand physical locales, I’ve decided to focus on the origin of a city, specifically that of New York, analyzing its progression beginning in the late eighteenth century. During this time, urban development crystallized which set the pattern for the city I admire today. This rudimentary community was divided into urban subunits allocated by ethnicity, race, religion, wealth, and occupations. Through a series of grid plans showing how areas were settled, divided, and concentrated, I was able to better understand how this embryonic community progressed to be one of the greatest cities in America.