Observing Sites of Friction.
Lee, Madeline G.
This artist's book is the culmination of an interdisciplinary project about marginal urban space, wasteland redevelopment, and reimagined landscapes. Through field observation, theories of urban space and waste, and studio art practice, the book shares the artist's process of learning about the Somerville ArtFarm, a 2.1-acre former waste transfer station in the transition to becoming a public outd... read moreoor space. The artist's book was completed shortly after a series of paintings, originally exhibited together in Tisch Library in 2019, by the same artist and project title. Layered, sometimes messy, and blending waste with creativity, the Observing Sites of Friction paintings (photographed within the book) expand within and off of the book's content and material construction. The artist's book incorporates found, and often discarded, material like recycled plastic bags reconstituted as a cover, as well as mixtures of academic and artistic conventions, to suggest conversation in more integrated and complex systems of knowledge representation. Observing Sites of Friction developed over an independent Summer Scholars project (advised by Prof. Ninian Stein, Summer 2018), independent study (advised by Prof. Silvia Bottinelli, Fall 2018), Architectural Studies Senior Capstone project (advised by Prof. Diana Martinez, Spring 2019), and ongoing place-based experiences.
Keywords: waste, public space, art, Architectural Studies, Environmental Studies, Studio Art, Urban Studies, Somerville, artist's books.read less
- Lee, Madeline G. "Observing Sites of Friction." Artist book, Tufts University, 2019.