Negative space is universally defined as the space around and between objects of an image. In art, this space fundamentally defines and reinforces the intended focus of the image. But many visual artists, including myself, commonly employ this space to create abstract or unique compositions based in novel perspectives; to turn negative space into positive space and back again, challenging conventions of what it means to perceive and assign meaning to something visually. In my work, I aim to not just conceptualize negative space as a means to an aesthetic end goal, but to linger within this seemingly simple space, experiment with it, and question it. For the apparent absence of information is still information.
This is exactly what The Space Negative intends to do, but with the written word. A representation of my mission to reconceptualize negative space as a complex landscape of human experience—not just a visual field ripe for interesting art—The Space Negative was established in 2018 to house a collection of personal narratives, philosophies, perceptions, and feelings attempting to understand our intimate relationship with this space a little better. Perhaps the negative space of life, as in art, is not always what it seems.