The project was based on interpretations of the surrealist book, The Blind Owl, written in 1937 by Sadegh Hedayat, who was considered to be the father of modern Persian/Iranian literature. The house was an exercise is the interpretation of the space between the conscious and unconscious state which the book and the main character was going in and out of. The physical manifestation of this space was captured and analyzed through the process of pottery. Understanding the transformation of a piece clay on a wheel to emerging as a vessel and the moment it loses gravity and collapses, became the starting point of the analysis. The pots were encased in multiple plaster casts. They were cut, dissected and numbered in grids with clay removed to study the folds in the negative space. The plaster casts took on a new dimension with bone like quality that could be reconfigured to create infinite combination of shapes that were interpreted in different scale ranging from a landscape or necropolis to habitable spaces, stairs, openings, and furniture. The womb like quality of the pot became the birthplace of the house and simultaneously the burial ground of the character inhabiting it.
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