Jodi Lightner

Artist Statement

My work explores the relationship between our environment and ourselves as being both physical and perceived. I consider that a place must coexist with what we are thinking, imagining and sensing. As we experience structure through our lens of knowledge and understanding we perceive what is not present. Looking beyond the physical or obvious, I find that architecture and structure provides a sense of order we submissively adhere to. We live in and around it, move up and down stairs, and walk around walls. We also skirt around the outside of buildings and climb over fences. The order structures provide is the foundation for our experiences within them.

I see my work as journal entries depicting the metaphors of relationship through the use of these structures and architecture. As they direct our movement, we also move around our own perceived obstacles in life. I gather my structures and experiences from places of personal importance. They come from travels, times with family and friends, and memories of my childhood. I typically utilize public places in my work, however; recently I have also included structures with familial significance.

Unraveling how we identify with place is integral to my work. I seek out situations where structure is subverted and the idea of place becomes challenged by our own perceptions, ideas or desires altering the architecture from a static backdrop or prop for our life. Utilizing response to structure I am uncovering the discrete variations of our relationship to place.