"Origami Project: Gentrification V3" 1/11/23
Plus V1, and the "HIVE"
“Origami Project: Gentrification,” shows the “negatives” in our society that come with gentrification, while also highlighting the “positive” impact that may come as a result. I upcycled old receipt paper by making origami hexagons. I used isopropyl alcohol and heat to manipulate the receipts to give them the appearance of being old and undesirable. As time passed and was exposed to UV rays, the older ones turned this rustic red color due to the thermal paper “expiring.” As a result of the slow progression, the origami pieces show their new and true colors. In the end, we are all the same, human.
Origami Project: Gentrification | Thought Process
I walked around one afternoon taking pictures of a neighborhood in my city that is experiencing gentrification. The local community was very diverse, home to people of all races and incomes, but I could see the older, poorer areas being renovated and repurposed into newer, unaffordable houses and shops. It made me have mixed feelings towards the city - it’s great to have attractive new areas for living and shopping, but sad to see the less fortunate members of society being pushed out. Those deemed “less desirable” were being uprooted and having their lives changed to make room for those with more wealth. Most of the local neighborhoods dealing with this issue have high concentrations of people of Color, while the new residents tend to be predominantly White. “Origami Project: Gentrification”, helps show the problems in our society that come with gentrification, while highlighting the “positive” impact that can come as a result. It may not change the world, but it can help make people aware of how many communities, largely those of poorer people of color and marginalized communities, are affected by renovations and rising prices on their streets.
Color change from the heat and light sun.
Practice Layout | The thoughts in the making.
Photoshoot of West Greenville 3/18/21