Homes for Better Living, by Margarita Sampson

Margarita Sampson Sketch
Homes for Better Living, by Margarita Sampson

This series of small sculptures extrapolates plant structures into architectural forms, referencing the graphic style of initial notebook sketches.

Each form (cellular structures, growth patterns etc) will have clearly recognisable architectural accents- i.e doorways, stairs, windows, which will ‘open up’ the forms to the imagination and speculative inquiry for children & adults- who lives here? Why do they look like this? Could I live here?

Imagine if we could draw up our dream home and then grow it from cuttings, seed or via 3D printing? If, when we decided to expand or contract our homes we could simply dis-engage living spaces and compost them, and grow new ones? If we didn’t need to use right angles, and utilised & adapted structures already existent in plants for windows, temperature modulation, water storage, structural strength, power. What might these homes look like? How would they reflect ourselves and our environment? Would a city look like a forest?

Margarita Sampson
Margarita Sampson

Margarita Sampson has 20 years of experience producing sculpture for outdoor public exhibition, and has been an exhibiting artist with sculpture by the Sea since 1997 – making her part of the ‘Decade Club’.

Her work is both in temporary textile installations and also, in more recent years, in large scale works fabricated from steel and wood. At the core of her practice, expressed through sculpture, is an understanding that there is no boundary between us and the natural world, and that our mental inclination to divide our world into ‘ourselves’ and ‘everything else’ has led us to the environmental crisis we are currently in.

Sampson’s work seeks to draw lines of commonality between the human body and all creatures, where organic structures and ways of being are intermingled and permeable. Current and future works focus on making botanically-inspired works which are interrelated and have agency upon the works around them, including a series of robotic sculptural works which change their behaviours according to the other works and people in the room, thus creating chaotic situations.

Her work will be seen at Canberra’s Floriade this spring, in the Wangaratta Textile Award 2017 and in the solo show “Mixed Borders’ 2018 at Stanley Street Gallery, where she is also represented.


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