Artist Statement Submitted 2015
My work examines how land use, landscapes, and their social histories influence cultural geography. Themes of ownership, demarcation, and utilization are explored through painting and photography. My photographs bear witness to the social narratives within landscapes altered in the name of progress, utility, and communal welfare. Current projects include investigations into the contemporary landscape of the Tennessee Valley Authority's hydroelectric program, the growing suburban presence and urban reconstruction of Charlotte, NC, and vernacular landscapes of habitat adjacent to coal ash storage ponds. The paintings are reconstructed and synthesized landscapes of specific locations, yet rebuilt from memory. Induced by the large-scale altered landscapes of hydroelectric dams, these paintings respond to the cultural and ecological compromises of the surrounding communities. I aim to capture the social narratives of locations with competing definitions of industry, recreation, and habitat.
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