© 2019 Jaclyn Klassen 

Statement

   Drawing from architecture, political and philosophical histories, as well as elements of nature my work investigates the sustainability and fragility of social capital. Specifically, I look where the bonds and breaks occur within societies, delving into discussions on civil discourse, unity versus tribalism, Othering, and liberty by manipulating basic architectural elements.   

 

  Seeing architecture as objects both influenced by and influencing culture and politics since antiquity, I use specific elements including modules, bricks, and arches in ways that build and fall apart to discuss the various topics nested in the larger discussion of social capital. Using individual pieces that only function if pressure is properly applied on its neighbors while being aware of negative spaces surrounding them, as in the arch, I create entryways into the elements that sustain or destabilize relationships and society at large.

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