This lecture was endlessly valuable for my current research in the studio, although rather bittersweet. Throughout her career, Zittel's work has touched on many of the same aspects of dwelling, curation, and public vs. private space that I am interested in my own work, though obviously in much smarter ways than I have managed to discuss them so far. Her dedication to her practice and in investigating all facets of each of these topics is inspiring and motivating. She spoke at length about the organization of life and human interaction with the grid as it manifests in private space. A true and clean grid represents human aspiration, and its decomposing version speaks to human imperfection. Her work explores the ways in which modern design inverts our perspective of "good" design in its approach to functionality vs. comfort.
Hearing a lecture by such a well established artist as Zittel, who's work explores so many of my own curiosities, is both inspiring and sobering as it makes me so aware of all the ways in which my work falls short of that dialogue. I am not so naive to think that I will ever discuss concepts in my work that have not already been discussed by others in the art field, but there must be distinction. That said, it's important to be able to contextualize my work in relation to what has been or is being said by others on the subject.