Modular Envelopes, 2013 developed from a desire to create portable instruments that could define a space anywhere. The installation features a room-size wooden game board whose inscribed pattern suggests schematic diagrams, sacred geometry, or abstract blueprints for a trio of modular envelopes that rest collapsed on the floor, or expanded on the wall. Large-scale yet lightweight, the modular envelope is meant to be carried and transformed by a single person. The space created by the interaction can change, depending on one’s body and position in the landscape or gallery. In exhibitions, viewers are welcome to investigate the instruments by scheduling an appointment with the artist. title=Modular Envelopes

Modular Envelopes

Modular Envelopes, 2013 developed from a desire to create portable instruments that could define a space anywhere. The installation features a room-size wooden game board whose inscribed pattern suggests schematic diagrams, sacred geometry, or abstract blueprints for a trio of modular envelopes that rest collapsed on the floor, or expanded on the wall. Large-scale yet lightweight, the modular envelope is meant to be carried and transformed by a single person. The space created by the interaction can change, depending on one’s body and position in the landscape or gallery. In exhibitions, viewers are welcome to investigate the instruments by scheduling an appointment with the artist.
  • Dimensions variable.

    Game board: 108 x 216 x 1.5 inches

    Modular envelopes; opened flat: 96 x 108 inches each

    Modular envelopes; closed: 12 x 12 x 60 inches each

  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches
  • Map (from Modular Envelopes series) Mixed media on paper. Size: 11 x 14 inches

In the beginning of the book “The poetics of space”, Gaston Bachelard relates imagination to a place:

For our house is our corner of the world. As has often been said, it is our first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word. If we look at it intimately, the humblest dwelling has beauty. Authors of books on “the humble home” often mention this feature of the poetics of space. But this mention is much too succinct. Finding little to describe in humble home, they spend little time there: so they describe it as it actually is, without really experiencing its primitiveness, a primitiveness which belongs to all, rich and poor alike, if they are willing to dream…..

..We shall see the imagination build “walls” of impalpable shadows, comfort itself with the illusion of protection- or, just the contrary, tremble behind thick walls, mistrust the staunchest ramparts. In short, in the most interminable of dialectics, the sheltered being gives perceptible limits to his shelter. He experiences the house its reality and in its virtuality, by means of thought and dreams. It is no longer in its positive aspects that the house is really “lived”, nor is it only in the passing hour that we recognize its benefits. An entire past comes to dwell in a new house.


  • The Poetics of space, the classic look at how we experience intimate places by Gaston Bachelard, Translated from the French by Maria Jolas, published  by Beacon Press 1994 Edition p.4-5.

Studio documentation

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