A Way In To
'A Way In To' and 'Recess' emerged to be from a compound of conversations between stories from my past, contemporary everyday habits, and psychological and philosophical research aiming towards understanding certain spaces and—atmospheres we feel close to and are inclined to call home. The starting point is personal but draws on connections to the way these spaces are being impregnated in our collective memory.
At times we tend to recall those atmospheres, forming a membrane around our beings that embraces us, and takes us under its protection. The re-envisioning of those intimate spaces happens in the mind—in a “third space”. The first space being the ‘conscious’ space, the second being the ‘unconscious’ and the third is the ‘subconscious’ space, the ephemeral state in-between. Since this space unfolds in a moment of little awareness, it’s an elusive playground and field of research for this project.
I investigate the materialization of this ethereal journey through the human mind in a way that emphasizes and appeals to thoughts that are driven by our memories and imagination and interwoven with our reality. Allowing us to cuddle with space. As we grow up, we are constantly being detached from our environments. It all begins when we leave the body of our mothers to which we were clinging onto as the safest area. Physically we start “growing away” from all the small nooks and corners supporting our understanding of the world, although mentally, this feeling is something we never fully abandon.
Feeding on the investigation into my childhood spatial habits, and the psychology of close human contact with architecture and spatial elements, I question the therapeutic affect certain spaces, or interactions with spaces, can have on the human mind, consequently triggering our common imagination and intimate memories.