Restrictions are a huge part of life today considering the conditions in which have been enforced on us and we have enforced on ourselves due to corona virus.
It has caused us to reflect on those important in our lives and how we can protect them, in turn isolating ourselves from the outside world.
My project takes inspiration from the use of PPE (personal protective equipment) and symbolizes the restrictive paradox we have made a daily practice, where we distance ourselves from those we love in order to protect them.
For this project, I looked at the abandoned places around my neighborhood, and there was a dock that intrigued me. The dock is discarded for a long time, the boats were half way down the lake. The place was initially built as a selling point for the real estate around, but when all the houses were sold out, this place was abandoned.
Our group’s theme is restriction, so I started to look at the connections. I found the place had a lot of rich textures, like moss, rusty steel and broken wood. I was very interested in these textures, and I started to research them. Moss grows in places that are humid and people rarely go to, and I realized the reason that people don’t go anywhere around the dock. It is the “corrupted” elements that keep people out, and that is why this is almost like a restricted area for people.
I’d like to create something that reminds people of the beauty of the abandoned places like this, and break the invisible restriction on these places. I tried to incorporate the textures to daily objects of people’s life. I found that teapot is necessary for every household and is used in a daily basis, so I decided to make a teapot and two teacups that show the beauty of the abandoned places.
Individual exploration: after reading the given text, I went for a walk. What really caught my interest in the exploration of the habitat was the amount of waste I could find on the sidewalks, paths, trees, etc. I read various articles related to street maintenance and what the people thought about it. I also looked up at community clean up groups and how they were dealing with the current coronavirus situation.
Group exploration: we agreed and decided as a group that restrictions was going to be our common theme. We took into consideration the mapping exercises. We were looking at how our routines had changed from the beginning of the course until now. We found that our mobility decreased due to the restrictions and also how they affected our day-to-day routines. My routines at the beginning of the course were very diverse but now the only thing I do is going out to throw away the garbage, take a walk and go to the supermarket.
Final product: video titled “the bin catwalk”. My purpose is to inspire people to recycle and empower themselves to get ready and feel glamorous in their little routines. I wanted to link both of my explorations so I focussed on the part of my routine in which I go out to throw out the garbage. I decided to make different outfits mixing clothes that I would wear on my pre-covid routines.
Revolving around the theme Habitat, my group and I has decided to focus in on the specific restrictions that distort our relationship to our habitat. Through painting, I wanted to highlight how my relationship to Glasgow had been narrowed down to only a select few places and the repetitive nature of current daily life has broken down the ability to stay present in each moment.