Eye on the Hypotenuse — The Potter’s Field Project
Eye on the Hypotenuse is one of three installations from The Potter’s Field Project. Taking its name from the term for valueless areas of land turned into burial sites for the unknown, The Potter’s Field Project investigates the psychological implications of the unkempt through utilizing various alternative exhibition spaces around Tampa, such as abandoned buildings and foreclosed houses. By substituting the pristine venue of the gallery for the detritus strewn floors and walls of forgotten, unoccupied spaces, I not only more fully explored my conceptual investigation of the unkempt, but also deepened the dialogue between art and social space. Artwork mingling with the things left behind by former owners and tenants becomes a poetic analogy that illuminates the wistful truths about struggle, identity, and the smoldering desire each of us has to somehow better our lives. Eye on the Hypotenuse is installed in an abandoned second story loft area with a very leaky ceiling and no real floor to speak of aside from some rotted drywall and exposed joists. It incorporates found plywood, found lumber, and found wooden lattice.