Artist Statement Submitted 2019
My work investigates how land use and social history influence cultural geography. I use the visual languages of landscape and architecture to explore narratives of utilization, demarcation, and ownership. I believe that landscape is a politically charged genre that illustrates how we treat and value each other. "Waffle House Vistas" focuses on the built environment as seen through the windows of Waffle House restaurants from across the southeastern United States. The collected images contemplate the surrounding architecture of habitat and commerce through the lens of a southern cultural icon. These photographs ask viewers to look up from their hash browns and acknowledge the institutions and structures that create real, yet rarely acknowledged, boundaries that feel impossible to break through for much of our country. The photographs allow the viewer to witness intertwined narratives of poverty, transience, economics, and politics.
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