During the eviction process, families are forced to leave behind many personal belongings such as clothes and houseware, and the reminiscence of those who once occupied the homes are often never seen again since most of these houses are in the process of being deconstructed.
The intent of this project is to expose the reality of what lies beyond the plywood boards that seal these houses for decades, a sight that has become a part of the peripheral vision of those who live in Baltimore, bringing the found artifacts back to life in the form of a new, beautiful and functional object that is meant to be engaged with, not forgotten, beyond the board.
In the context of the deteriorating urban infrastructure and social decay happening now in Baltimore, we are becoming untethered from a physical world whose vitality requires the immediacy of tactile experience. I believe these stools can spur chance encounters, social exchange, sustainable awareness and generate real human empathy in a way that mediated experience cannot.
This project has received the exposure in galleries in Baltimore, Washington D.C, and Miami and it was also selected for the cover of design magazine Wheel Wire.