"Tenuous connections with endless ramifications" is a sculptural installation that is the culmination of my Masters research project "Constructing a feminist practice".
My research investigates the erasure of pioneering early modernist architect and designer Eileen Gray from the history of modernism. Gray’s best known work is the house E. 1027, designed and built in 1929 on the Côte d’Azur. I consider Gray’s case as an exemplar of the marginalisation of the achievements of women across the canon of modern architecture, art and design.
For several decades during the 20th century Gray remained unknown due to a series of systemic inequalities within the canon of architecture and modernism. Additionally, her work was misattributed to her colleague Le Corbusier, who painted a series of murals on the walls of E.1027 without her permission. He then published these murals and subsequently received credit for Gray’s architecture and design.
The framework in this installation is scaled from a room within the floor plans of E. 1027, expanded to a three-dimensional form. The installation references architecture, design, décor, craft, and the domestic, borrowing aesthetic tropes from modernism and minimalism as a response to their constructed and gendered histories.