For this series I photographed parking garages in my hometown, San Mateo, California, digitally removing the parking lines and signs to create abstract spaces. My father is a civil engineer who designs parking garages. Garages are organized, purposeful environments; they assume that people obey rules and follow directions. By removing the parking lines, I undo my father’s work, creating purposeless places. I am interested in the way the structures, without their function, become unknown and even sinister. I wonder if it is possible to turn places with a singular purpose into images that invite speculation. With these pictures I investigate the relationship between environment and perception, the material and the ethereal, art and engineering.

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