I built a shed

from salvaged wood to explore the idea that conceptual environments are analogous to physical environments.

Building with wet and partly rotten wood salvaged from a collapsed barn, I watched the shed transform from “outside” to “inside.” The two states are materially continuous but both physically conceptually distinct: the indoor environment is dry and dark and provides feelings of safety and privacy, whereas the outdoor environment is wet and exposed.

The work was straightforward and intuitive: pulling rusty square-cut nails from soggy lumber, cutting those pieces to size, then hammering them together into a frame.

However, I did not do this without help. I learned from Peter Roberts, Jonas Lindberg, and Jared Wesley Singer.

This work is about building sensitivity to the physical and conceptual conditions of the built environment. Without engaging in the production and transformation of physical environments, the individual loses the capacity to transform the conceptual environment.

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