MA is a Japanese word that can be roughly translated as the “space between two structural parts.” This installation explores the relationship of positive and negative space in an interstitial condition. Reusing two materials, bike tubes and reclaimed lumber, the creation of interstitial space is highlighted through a role reversal of the materials as it passes through the divided aperture.
The Uses of Not
Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
But the empty space between them is the essence of the wheel.
Pots are formed from clay,
But the empty space between it is the essence of the pot.
Walls with windows and doors form the house,
But the empty space within it is the essence of the house.
-Taoist Philosopher Lao Tse