Julie S. Graham
Architecture imposes geometry on nature, creating and defining non-natural spaces that are inhabited, at least for a time, by individuals and communities. I am interested in what defines a "sense of place" and what makes a space friendly or hostile, inviting or inhibiting; how vernacular architecture world- wide has a certain simplicity of detail but a richness of humanity; how structural outcroppings can at once be compelling and isolating. Buildings and their surrounding environments carry the memory of their creation and cause us to question our cultural identities and our own locations in time. I am especially interested in the in-between spaces that are charged by geometry. Paradoxically, these unpopulated spaces help define our relationships to each other. I reference particular places and structures that have undergone change as a result of war, natural disasters, nomadic lifestyles, or simply, time.