Shipping pallets are a symbol of globalization. They embody the anonymity and fungibility of goods under capitalism and as well are a proxy for the international flows of capital that accompany trade. This project sees the pallets recycled into a structure approximating a home – not a subversion of the market, but rather an attempt to imagine a kind of life in its margins.
Although I’m currently enrolled in an MFA in visual arts, my art practice is deeply influenced by my background in math and computer science. I’m fascinated by the mathematical abstractions of space and information, the artistic traditions of minimalism and conceptual art, and by the political questions of production, of land and of home.
With the Cabin project, I’ve built a shack-like structure from scavenged shipping pallets. I’ve tried to make a homely, comfortable structure and a space for reflection and contemplation. Shipping pallets, moreover, are a symbol of globalization – they embody the anonymity and fungibility of goods under capitalism and are as well a proxy for the international flows of capital that accompany trade. At the same time they are a widely available and free building material for those interested in scavenging them.
Recycling the pallets into a structure approximating a home, then, is not a subversion of the market, but rather envisions a kind of life in its margins. By also providing instructions for building the structure (available from my website), I’m inviting others to reproduce it, or something like it.
In this way I want to demystify the status of the artist as privileged creator – to align myself with a global movement to empower individuals with the means of producing their own goods or of enacting their own creative agency.