The Willing Room: Poetic Projections of Home is an exploration of the intimate spaces we build out of our emotional narratives. The installation translates the written poetic form into a 4-dimensional spatial experience. Through the manipulation of materials, found objects and digital projections, six original poems are translated into the memory and feeling states of relationships embodied in the familiar rooms of the “home”: the entry corridor-anticipation; the kitchen- revelation; living room-pretense; bedroom-conflict; the library-retreat; the dressing room- reflection.
Gaston Bachelard postulates in the Poetics of Space, “Through poems, perhaps more than through recollections, we touch the ultimate poetic depth of the space of the house.” Poetry does not necessarily describe the house in detailed pros, but provides brief glimpses of the perceived feelings that the house contains for the writer. Can the nature of poetry, through its use of vivid imagery, metaphor, and allegory, be an activator of thoughts into the built form?
Although the room typology of the home is relatively consistent, made up of eating, living and sleeping areas, the arrangement and selection of contents are very personal and reflective of the inner working of the inhabitant. Our interior space becomes a phenomenological outward expression of our interior lives. It is through this exploration where those memory and feeling states are recreated from the poetic form and re-conceived back into an abstracted concept of home. This exhibit provides an outward manifestation to the interior workings of one perceived relationship.