This body of work has been deeply inspired by the Alexander Road Estate in Camden. It’s architecture has informed my aesthetic values, whilst also bringing into light the buildings deep socio-political historical context. Imbedded into the reinforced concrete walls of the Alexander Road Estate are decades of cultural and political beliefs that shaped Britain’s modern cities.
As part of my project I aimed to celebrate Brutalist design and philosophies through a multitude of media, such as photography, sculpture making and drawing. Embracing the techniques used to first build the estate from concrete, I created a series of plaster sculptures that emulates similar qualities and textures to the original building. By using counter balance and supporting structures I was able to produce dynamic compositions, which in turn, created dramatic light and shadows (‘chiaroscuro’) when photographed. Russian Constructivist Artists and Architects have also influenced my visual language when image making during this project, welcoming the contrasting geometric forms proposed for a new way of urban living.