Assignment: Inside Out

Dr Charles Rice can be quoted as saying that “one of the interesting things about interiors is that they are changeable and adaptable” (Rice By Design 2006), and this is exactly what my mother would want you to remember, as you view my image of my interior space. Although the interior could easily be changed with fresh new carpet, a few coats of paint and finished with matching décor and furniture, it simply hasn’t over the past two years, due to the current occupancy of a male. This image indicates the inhabitancy of the space, by a teenage boy, through the apparent essential technological and comfort requirements of an interior living space, and coincidentally reiterates the idea that “television has taken such a central role in domestic life” (Rice By Design 2006).  Although it has now transitioned into a male dominated private space, the interiors also demonstrate a history; the existence of occupancy before this.

The fake tanned and make up stained carpet, and paint scratched walls, are the remnants of my prior ownership to this interior space, but my brother has no concerns of these being present. As long as he has the functionality of space to play video games, and a place to “get away” with friends or alone, the interior serves its purpose. This male dominated room has the ability to become a private space in the house; it is generally closed off and hidden from guests, and windows drawn from the view of the neighbours.

When I lived in this interior space, my furniture, furnishings and personal belongings made it my ideal bedroom space due to personal preferences and ideals of what I find aesthetically pleasing, “the collector proves to be the true resident of the interior” (Rice 2004). However without these objects and décor, although a functional and comfortable space to someone else, to me, it has become a visually unappealing, bleak and empty, interior space, reiterating Rice’s point that an interior “is also not simply spatial, but is equally an image-based phenomenon” (Rice 2004).

 

By Design, radio program, ABC Radio National, 2006

Rice, C. 2004, ‘Rethinking histories of the interior’, The Journal of Architecture, Vol.9, No.3, pp.275-278

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