Linda-Marlena creates a visual narrative of the changing landscape of this grand teaching hospital. We see industrial sized works-in-progress with a hidden aesthetic; an ephemeral beauty revealed before it disappears. The photographer exalts in the beauty of chaos, creating complex images as the MUHC takes shape. She inspires us to look at the construction site through a different lens, recognizing that each site has its own temporal agenda.
As the physician looks to the internal workings of the human body, Linda-Marlena looks beneath the skin of the architectural structure to reveal a hidden urban landscape rarely acknowledged by passers-by. This is generally off-limits and completely out-of-bounds for the viewer. The artist creates an appreciation for an impromptu aesthetic within a construction site, catching a slice of time before it is altered. These underpinnings below the surface, like armature to sculpture, map the change and evolution that transforms the city.
The transformation of this monumental structure creates spontaneous ruins and emerging sculpture, revealing a rich urban tapestry so easy to overlook. These skeletal structures are now covered and few will remember or particularly care. Only when a construction project is finished does the MUHC really exist in the mind of the beholder. This is a missed opportunity for the viewer.
These photographs capture the memory and perspective of what went before. The artist presses the viewer to pierce the veneer, to be aware of the unintentional beauty and see the traces under the skin of our city before they disappear.