Brick - I Want to Become Architecture     2008

Ohio University - Athens, Ohio 2008
in collaboration with Ellen Wexler

Brick, I Want to Become Architecture is a portrait of the artist in and as his work. The artist’s body is embedded into the brick wall. The artist became the wall. The wall contained him. When he departed he shed his form, leaving his imprint in the architecture. The artwork invites interaction.  One can sit in the imprint of the artist.

Clay blurs the boundary between  sculpture and architecture.   The work begins as architecture, breaking free of the brick wall of the residence hall. It then extends out to function as sidewalk, as abstract forms, as bench and as artist portrait.     

Brick manufacturing played an important role in the history of this region. Ohio was a national leader in the production of brick with more than forty brick manufacturers nearby.