At the core of my studio practice is the exploration of the photograph as a material object. Breaking away from the ideology of “windows’ and “mirrors” tradition has set, Well-Worn Landscapes treats not only the printed photograph as an object, but also the landscape represented. Historical depictions of Nature, containing the sublime and romantic, are dangerous notions in the current state of our climate. Most of the spaces represented are national or state parks that contain curated paths and views in an attempt to preserve foliage and forests for wildlife but are under the scrutiny of our actions, near and far.
For this body of work willing participants adhered a vinyl sticker containing a printed landscape on their cellphone case. The wear and tear from our cellphone use slowly deteriorated the scene leaving it scared and torn. These marks and erasures made by human activity are not just a visual metaphor but have the potential to be the future reality of Nature. Cellphones are a vehicle for information. We use them to find places to go or search hash and geotags for the best views but this over abundance of information has a toll on the Nature we seek.