The Square Project, Pt. 1: The Square Route...
The Square Project began in 2001 as a postal art exchange between my older sister and myself while she was studying design in London and I was studying art at UMass Boston. I was enrolled in a photography course and trying to come up with a final project when, for whatever reason, we began playing around with the different meanings of the word "square" in our mailings. "Square" could be a formal design element or a slang affront: "You are such a square!"
This got me thinking about how something so simple could work on so many levels. I was shooting with medium format film, which makes square negatives, so it just made sense to begin shooting square things I came across in the world. I’ve been doing so ever since. What began as a playful postal art correspondence evolved into a sustained photo series, and ultimately the subject of my graduate thesis, "The Persistence of and Resistance to Structure: The Grid-Square Construct in Western Visual Culture."
Squares are everywhere in the built environment: buttons, drains, hatches, signs, windows, and vents for example. The square also represents time, with its four equal sides suggesting the four seasons, and in the form of the calendar, with its grid of squares demarcating days of the week. In 2016, I designed a calendar based on my square series and mailed them out to friends, family, colleagues, and artists whose work I admire. I included 16 square photographs (12 months + 4 seasons) and the necessary hardware for assembling a wall hanging.