Swimming pool tile.
From the age of six to seventeen I would spend hours gliding over it as I mindlessly completed laps during swim practice. Water, acting as a natural sound buffer, and its cold temperature forced my mind to think of anything besides how freezing my body was; it was sensory-deprived solidarity. Familiar pocks and discolored tiles acted as a gauge in a single-player game of ‘how long until I’m done with this set’. The tile granted me the desirable lapse used to accomplish task under the guise of pleasure.
I make work about play; addressing leisure as a frame of mind, primarily relying on environment to forge the way for reprieve. When being introduced to this space, I reacted to the tile floor; its marred surface quality, its similarity to pool tile, and the depth above it granted me the opportunity to devote material, time, and effort worthy of representing the alluring state. Relying on iconic imagery associated with leisure, I was inspired to work with the vinyl strapping used to make poolside lounge chairs. By utilizing the existing framework of the architecture, I created a framework of waves by uniting the vinyl to the structure. Beyond the immense amount of repeated material to achieve the visual abstraction of waves, the physical task of installing, acts as a commentary that, without work, the state of leisure is unattainable.
Laps actualize lapse.