#SEE_AMERICAS_PARKS

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.

 
 #NATIONAL_P_RK, 2017  Cedar Wood  Acrylic Paint  Nails

#NATIONAL_P_RK, 2017

Cedar Wood

Acrylic Paint

Nails

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.

 #BINCOUL_RS, 2017  Plastic Binoculars  Acrylic Paint  Paper

#BINCOUL_RS, 2017

Plastic Binoculars

Acrylic Paint

Paper

 #_____HILLS___LANDS,2017  Hand-cut map

#_____HILLS___LANDS,2017

Hand-cut map

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.

 #P_TCHES, 2017  Iron-on patches  Acrylic Paint

#P_TCHES, 2017

Iron-on patches

Acrylic Paint

 #POL_ROIDS, 2017  1.81 x 2.44 in.  Fuji Instax Mini Polaroids

#POL_ROIDS, 2017

1.81 x 2.44 in.

Fuji Instax Mini Polaroids

 
 #SCREENPR_NT., 2017  Ink  Paper

#SCREENPR_NT., 2017

Ink

Paper

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 #R_NGER_UN_FORM, 2017  Polyester Hat, Shirt. & Scarf  Acrylic Paint  Paper

#R_NGER_UN_FORM, 2017

Polyester Hat, Shirt. & Scarf

Acrylic Paint

Paper

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