The domestic environment can become an arena for close inspection in which tiny toothpaste flecks on the bathroom mirror are mapped out on charts.
Playing with systems of observation; measuring out the body's relationship to architecture; or transforming scale to shift perceptions: these are activities that can lead to alternative mappings of our environment and draw out ephemeral traces of human presence.
In a recent series of works, floor plans and photographs of buildings are reworked into collages, sculptures, slides and eyepieces. These works suggest a 3-d sketchbook for proposals of alternative visions of the space. Tiny smudges on a photocopied plan inspire projections of large-scale, absurdist, perhaps unfeasible, artworks.
Two central threads in Mary Yacoob’s practice are drawing and visual languages. What follows is the filtering of close observation of life through systemic drawing techniques such as repetition, geometry, symbolic visual grammar and extrapolation.