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Topofeelia | Derived from Love of Place \ Photographer, Designer, Fabricator | Paper, Wood, Nails, Projection, 2013-2014

Topofeelia is a visual distillation of topophilia, defined by Yi-Fu Tuan as the affective bond between people and place or environmental setting (topos “place” and -philia, “love of”). This installation explores manifestations of love of place, sometimes unanticipated, in settings containing simultaneously miniscule and monumental encounters and considers reaction, pattern, connection, cycles, and becoming. The images represent place-gazing within North America, South America and Europe over the span of more than ten years (2003-2014). A non-traditional framing method minimizes barriers between the viewer and the photo, allowing the viewer to quickly “feel” into an image. Individual tiles of varying sizes and thicknesses are moveable, enabling changing patterns, relationships and viewing experiences to emerge. This work is rooted in the idea that there is profound value in art that is accessible on fundamental levels: visually, thematically, economically, and spiritually. All wood used in this process is recycled scrap material from a local Vermont furniture company.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Jen Stauber Francis, LEED AP (BD+C), CPRP / Master of Architecture / Master of Urban Design, 2006