Paris, TN - Print
Paris, TN - Print
Paris, TN -- from "The Way In", 2015
signed and dated archival inkjet print
image measures to 28 x 28 cm or 11 x 11 in
Shortly after completing my undergraduate degree, I launched an ambitious and successful crowd-funding campaign with fellow artist, Will Herbert, in order to achieve one of my long-standing dreams. This resulted a collaborative art venture in the form of a 40 day and 14,000 mile exploration of the American landscape. This photograph is part of the beginnings of that work, which is entitled The Way In. It is the documentation of my navigation of the landscape and the relationship between natural landscapes and architectural constructs. The work is reactionary to photographers that have objectified the breadth of the American experience, who have romanticized how the American landscape has been industrialized. I focused instead on the land, at the intersection of the built and the existing world.
The photographs are rooted in the development of a visual language that articulates a “surveying” of landscape through the act of “traversing” it. The navigation of traversing of a landscape, affords a type of abstract measuring, weighing and ordering. This surveying is directed at both the landscape and myself. What I observe and experience during these navigations is not necessarily translated into literal representations of the landscape, instead I am interested in developing a vocabulary that evokes an understanding of topography, space and time through the internalization of that experience. I realize that this vocabulary is based in a western understanding of landscape, our physical and cultural relationship to it. My work focuses on varying ways in which we impede on and refashion space so that it better suits our needs, whether that be for shelter or transportation. More specifically it centers on the intersections in our landscapes, which could even be the conflict between the ideal of wealth and the lived reality of wealth in the photograph of the Trump Tower in Las Vegas. The goal is to display subtle paradoxes that exist within our society as they manifest in our landscape, without objectifying this quality of American life.