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A theme of investigation in the environment is a connective trait between several of my projects, including: Light pollution, suburban studies, and toxic towns. The subject matter varies, but the work always shows this sense of inspection or a static visual event, object, or place in the landscape. These works critique our culture and its demands on limited natural resources, inviting a dialogue between crisis and stasis, risk and threat while questioning the balance between the construction
The house becomes the factory in several of the images, or a foundation in the shadow of the power plant; serving, as a visual metaphor to reference the human body. The images are void of the human figure to remove a reference to scale and time, to emphasize a presence of absence. This work is intended to empower and inform the viewer, while asking them to examine the impact of pollution in a familiar space being the landscape of the viewer’s own hometowns and local communities. The viewer is to make the connection between each photograph, to have a sense that each town is not isolated but is part of a very real and shared human experience related to his or her own environment and the more critical eye that may be turned toward it.
B.F.A. Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN M.F.A. The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
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