Corrugated sheet metal has been a ubiquitous construction material worldwide since its invention in the early 1800s. From simple, affordable function to chic visual effect, it is so common that it surrounds us without being seen. For me, its simple design and infinitely flexible function elevates it above the banal into a category of manufactured materials which includes canvas and paper – the foundations on which the majority of what we think of as “art” exist.
For me, corrugated sheet is more than just a substrate on which to impose my vision. Like artisanal paper, which can incorporate a “terroir” of materials of a particular time and place, corrugated builds a memory of its lifetime in the way it degrades, and provides a context which awakens my imagination.
Corrugated also becomes a complex surface to manipulate, as it degrades sacrificially, gains accretions from environmental conditions – mud, acids, etc., – and as wind or other physical traumas deform it physically. In this way, it shares a huge part of human existence.
With these and other factors in the mix, my process starts with an exploration of each piece of material, to better understand what it already embodies. This leads to a conversation about what interventions might lead to a work which reveals a deeper story about the conditions and implications of our shared reality, and our experience of time.