Drawing of a map with fire, smoke, and animals running away from the fire

Author: C.J. Dopheide, 4th year BAS (Design)

2023 Murray & Murray Competition

Winner: First Place

Project Description

Composed of two diptychs, one representational and the other analytical, these images examine and narrate the distinctive qualities of a lifestyle limited to a single room. The plan and section attempt to reflect the habitual conditions of the studio space, preserving the unkept bed and the dynamic positions of the desk chairs, whereas the analytical diptych is used to compare and contrast the sensorial qualities of working in this setting against its realistic depiction. Although dominated by a massive window, the room is swallowed by darkness, eliciting fuzzy vision and obscure outlines which are visually communicated through graphite [in diptych 2.1]. The intense concentration attributed to study and studio culture is demonstrated through the absence of all objects and furniture aside from those in the figure’s line of sight. Ultimately, the habits of work and study are analogous to a modern day ritual, as the clock engraving encircles the figure, illustrating a lifestyle dictated by time. Conversely, the second piece of this diptych conveys the objective reality of the setting through precise linework and visual accuracy, but in conjunction, they form the multidimensional quality of this studio space.

Author: Kristine Prochnau

Spaces of Relation

Studio: ARCS 5106 – MArch Option Studio 2 – Drawing Codes

Professor: Neil Spiller 

Year: Winter 2020

Project Description

This project is a response to a brief called “A Canvas for the Imagination- The Artist in their Studio”, set in a derelict, small house in downtown Ottawa. The proposal speculates how it might be transformed when two famous inhabitants move in. These characters are Surrealist photographer and artist Man Ray and his muse, lover, student and later war photographer Lee Miller. Their relationship was tempestuous and its twists and turns are played out within the individual spaces of the house. Here we see the front of the house and glimpse fragments of their life within.