The National Parks are currently in a season of evaluation. The US government has created the task of judging these preserved places. In this way, there is a chance that these places may fail to live on in the same way that they have been for centuries, or even exist at all.
In my work, I employ an antithesis of awe and spectacle, celebrating beauty, fascination, grandeur and loss simultaneously. Visual disappearance creates a mysterious aura around the works. There is a present sense of erasure in the pieces; an intentional erosion. Playing with graphic design elements in formal compositions, the drawings, photo collages and sculptures act as field studies: a close inspection and examination of the iconography of the National Parks.
The National Parks branding communicates a sense of grandeur, and in contrast to this, these pieces play with a powerful anti-grandeur. These natural locations have become politicized, through metaphorical vandalism by social media and the government: from banned climate change tweets, to the current state of judgement by those in power. In popular support of the national parks, groups have risen up who seek a change: vouching that the parks are our national treasure. There is a strong sense of community, and conversation around the parks. A part of our freedom of speech as Americans is to stand on top of mountains and proclaim that we not destroy these places that our forefathers sought to protect.