The first time I stumbled on the “Misunderstood Buildings” collages by Emy Eckert, I was a little confused by what kind of building or houses these were. Only when I looked closer I noticed they were actually collages! Eckert works with pictures form architecture books and manufacturers catalogs, where she first removes the house from the pictures, and fills in the negative space with collages of “my own extravagant, useless, or fanciful ideas” …
“I like to play around with the reliable stability of architectural space and confuse inside with outside, shelter with storm.”
Here’s Amy’s statement about the new work:
If houses can be said to have personalities, who’s to say they don’t have longings, imaginations, inner lives? In architecture, a folly is an extravagant, useless, or fanciful building, or one that appears to be something other than what it is. In their book Follies, Grottoes & Garden Buildings, Headley & Meulenkamp define a folly as a “misunderstood building.”
In this collage series I combine my own images with pictures from architecture books and manufacturers’ catalogs. By removing the house from a picture, I get to fill up that void with my own extravagant, useless, or fanciful ideas. I like to play around with the reliable stability of architectural space and confuse inside with outside, shelter with storm.