There is something intriguing about our relationship with our immediate environment, on one level it is total, literal and obvious, it’s there we walk around in it and so on, yet paradoxically it is also linked to our psychology, individual and collective, both defining us and constructed by us.  Public spaces increasingly seem commercialised/controlled and yet can still explode in riots or protest, this unpredictability creates tension.

I am interested in the way that we relate to one another and with space, how the environments we inhabit structure and dictate these relationships and create both opportunities for emancipation  but also the deep alienation and separateness felt by many in large cities, the hunger for a new 21st century Utopian vision that doesn’t seem to come.

More and more we relate with screens, we are entertained by them get information from them and increasingly socialise through them, these are often in private places and involve separate people interfacing with computers, TVs and ads, but our bodies exist in space, literal space and it’s this literal space which interests me from the lofty ideology of the international style, tower blocks meant to civilise 20th century peoples to our own ‘modern’ concerns about communal areas and green quotas we are still very much embeddedin manufactured architectural experiments.

Using the critical tactics of deconstruction, my work explores and questions accepted notions of form, function, permanence, harmony, order, meaning and beauty.

Natalie Andrews