Brickolage is an investigative photo work that feels more akin to some form of conceptual journalism. At the height of building for the Beijing Olympics in late 2007, I began to roam the streets of the old city and noticed newly placed stacks of orange "low-fire" bricks. all over the city. They were stacked on the ground (as opposed to pallets) meaning that they were moved by hand, loaded and unloaded. Each brick is handled from the time they leave the kiln to placement in a wall. Beijing was building new buildings and tearing down only ones at an alarming rate. There was a a vibe in the city that felt like something new was coming, China was joining the world for the first time. The last bricks used with such fervour was the building of the Great Wall in defence of the Mongolian hoards.
The concept of feng shui (mountain water) is based in Taoist philosophy, and I began to study it. Feng shui is meant to connect life with harmony,connecting heaven and earth by using everyday materials to manipulate intangible energy. These soft bricks found by the hundreds of thousands, began to present new meanings to me, and personify a new Beijing vibe.
Migrant workers came from all over China to work on the Beijing olympic buildings, the excitement of the games were being eclipsed by the excitement of mass employment. Workers would play games, tossing bricks to one-another to high-up rooftops! I saw migrant workers in malls, buying jeans (this would never-ever happen).