Through an intuitive process of selection and
manipulation, I juxtapose the natural with the industrial in a way
that endeavors to exist in the gray area between rational, manmade
systems and visceral, organic systems. My work emerges from a
labor-intensive, quasi-primitive methodology that acknowledges my
adult state in light of a nostalgic urge to connect with nature (at
least as I remember it from my formative years in rural Africa).
In my recent work I explore the theme of shelters and
houses as conceptual spaces that encapsulate nostalgia, a desire for
something ephemeral and ethereal that is only accessible via memory.
The Hut (with an inside, an outside and a threshold between)
reflects the individual's struggle to identify a loss of childhood
innocence in light of the demands of the present. The Hut's position
and composition represent the individual's place in society, within
the "global village."
Otis Bardwell, June 2008
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