Architecture fabricates protection, structure, and meaning within its walls, providing an intended security from the harshness of nature and other influences while simultaneously anchoring inhabitants to a particular structure and space, defining surroundings and interiors. Dwellers are protected from diverse elements and aligned with a constructed path as long as they remain contained. However, one asks if it is better to be securely bound to this path, this edifice, this institution; to investigate unknown potential within one’s intuitive nature and purpose beyond manufactured walls; or to find harmony between the two.




2019 - 2020


2016 - 2017

2012 - 2014

Jessica Rae Ecker © 2024

What is a dwelling but an empty vessel to protect from the surrounding elements, while correspondingly providing an anchor which holds its inhabitants within natural environments. This necessary irony is an essential part of human existence. Yet, when one envisions the relationship with habitat and habitation, is it rooted in reality or an illusion of symbiosis with an underlying combative friction within the dualism, wherein both elements are pulling away through an act of avoidance?

I believe as humans what we desire most is a genuine interaction and complete understanding from what we choose to interact with. As we progress through an interpreted reality, we become more persistent in questioning our relationships - whether human-to-human, human-to-architecture, human-to-landscape, human-to-technology, or human-to-institution. As we contemplate the reality of our experience and confinement versus the illusion of the experience, we realize that both are shaped by emotion, memory, and desire. Our interpretation of space and relationships changes as our interactions and beliefs progress with time.