Town & Country
In 2005 I began working on a body of work of the places that embody Wisconsin. As I began observing different forms and styles of architecture, I decided topography would offer a truthful examination of the landscapes of Wisconsin. Since beginning this series, I have been increasingly aware of my surroundings, and want to maintain an accurate viewpoint.
The familiarity of these images conduces a personal connection that has not been explored in my work before. Although, I feel a stronger connection towards my home state since beginning this series, I am still very detached and unfamiliar with several rural parts of Wisconsin. I have become motivated in exploring new areas that our considered my milieu. Understanding the vernacular culture of the Midwest has made me more aware of how individuals occupy and define a space, while displaying a passing of time.
I am drawn by unusual arrangements of structures that contain a sense of uncanny allure. I am interested in isolating my subjects to maintain control over the image, and displaying the most interesting façades. In my work, I look for images that contain a sense of balance, and rhythm, that somehow incorporate the patterns of nature interpreted by human manipulation. These images behold a sense of place and order, and exemplify a backdrop of the American heartland.
Although I could see this style of work moving forward expanding to different regions, it has been my attachment in exploring these elements, of what I regard as home, that have kept me here. Working in this style, I have been able to express a strong viewpoint, that does not deflect from the objects themselves, but displays them in its truest form. Since beginning this series I have felt a sense of pride and admiration to Wisconsin, that has not been felt before.Town and Country exemplifies concise topologies that follow a curiosity for exploration into humans exchange with the landscape.