With her Michigan-based firm, Alibi Studio, principal architect and artist Catie Newell investigates the precision of time and space through the use of site-specific installations which examine the essence of light and dark.
“Being in an exact place at an exact time and feeling fully present and engulfed in that space is important to our work. Site-specific installations give us a medium through which we can amplify all of the material conditions and story of a place. It also comes at a swiftness that can be difficult for a building to pull off.”
While the transient aspects of her works are often captured in photographs, Catie believes that they are best experienced in person. “I am truly enthralled by the additional elements of material and immaterial effects that things like the atmosphere, the weather, the time of day and the feel all add to the essence and experience of a place. The intangible gives the tangibles a reason for being.”