Space as an Aesthetic Property
The physical activity of walking around an artwork can have a dramatic impact on a viewers experience of it. The role of ‘space’ can act almost as another aesthetic property in the development and final creation of an artwork. This is of course often the jurisdiction of installation art however, as an aesthetic property, space, can also be used to extend the meaning of singular or grouped pieces of artwork.
As a creative strategy in the development of ideas, space as an aesthetic property prompts you to consider how the meaning of an artwork or works can be reinforced or dramatically altered by changing objects placement, proximity and order. Begin by asking yourself what it is you want the work to communicate, then physically explore the impact of moving the artwork into different configurations and note how this builds toward your intension or indeed if other possibilities arise as a consequence of their new composition.
Juliana was interested in how the attributes of a vessel are often referred to as having bodily properties such as foot, belly, neck and rim. She began to make those particular aspects of a vessel according to the proportions of her own body. She then took those singular, disjointed pieces and explored how their position in space could encourage a viewer to physically move around them and connect each part to build understanding of the vessel as a whole. This strategy became an integral part of her future practice.