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Andrea Garland
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2018

Perhaps because our agrarian ancestors in the American South were dependent on the land, our heritage is deeply rooted to place. We were raised to honor and respect a history that is remembered through dual lenses of pride and pain. However, the character of our culture is unique, and should be preserved honestly. To communicate the impact that the residue of the past has on successive generations, I emboss items that I received from my southern family; linens that were regularly used in daily life, but are now valued chiefly for sentimental reasons. This serves as a metaphor for the identity struggle that the south experiences as it continues to navigate cultural changes that homogenize the region with the rest of the nation. Like any other place, our progress will depend on our willingness to own the good and the bad in our past without sacrificing our valuable cultural distinctions.

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