These photographs are about small new territories, about using one thing to represent another. I'm interested in the architectonics of connotation, transitions and revisions of meaning. As a child, I roped off an area of grove with simple strings to designate a house for play. Later, even as an adult, I recalled various moments of intense excitement  looking at miniature interiors, natural history museum dioramas of animal habitats, and life-sized museum recreations of Egyptian tomb chambers and early farm homes.

My interest now does not lie in making detailed representations  of other environments. Instead, I have been taking familiar spaces and breaking them down into smaller suggestions of terrains and territories. I arrange them into new visual structures that sometimes are 'animated' by recurring elements.

Objects and surfaces are precise arenas for meditation, sites for changing narratives.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush

© 1980