I look at the eyesores–the blots on the landscape. Sometimes these things are ugly, avoided, overlooked, or literally stepped over, such as weeds in the sidewalk; sometimes they are ignored because of their ubiquity, such as garishly graphic “everything-must-go!” signs or fast-food signs along the highway. I wonder what happens when these eyesores are remade in another material–a drawing–and displayed prominently, so that they demand attention. I wonder if they change or how my relationship to them changes when they are moved from the margins, the periphery, and made noticeable. This happens when things accumulate–weeds taking over, signs clogging the landscape, implying out-of-control growth; or it happens when individual chunks of the world are isolated as silhouettes–the frame of the sliding automatic door implying the absence of its building. These pieces raise questions about visibility, emptiness, and accumulation as well as discussions concerning suburban landscapes. By drawing attention to these moments, my work brings the banal and everyday into focus.
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