“A boundary is not that at which something stops but, as the Greeks recognized, the boundary is that from which something begins its presencing.”
—Martin Heidegger, ‘Building, dwelling, thinking’
In the wide delta of the Mississippi River, there is a house. It rises from from an impassable thicket and has fallen in on itself. The house is no longer a home. Its walls define no lives, its windows guide no eyes to the levees in the distance. The dreams of its inhabitants are only a buried memory in the creatures that have burrowed into its base and the voices of its generations only echoes.
I saw this house on a blustery day in March and took a picture. I felt I had found a place where expectation had rooted in on itself – something built by human hands now reclaimed by the earth. These places attract me. Rooted on the edges of our world, they are quietly pulsing with a kind of mute remembrance. A clear narrative may be mysterious or beyond reach, but time is not erased. There are layers of history in these forgotten buildings and in trees that stretch and break and push against the sky, reaching into time but held fast by their earth.
In this exhibition, borderland, I turn my attention to these lone trees, collapsing structures and the urban wilderness surrounding my studio in Memphis. Based on photographs, the work pursues the sense of place that seeing them inspires, taking the present from its reality to its essence. This idea of altering the image is the vehicle for this body of work, but the soul of this series owes itself to the landscapes and forms which have drawn me in and to the photographic image itself, waiting for my hand to reveal other possible expressions.
The beauty pulsing through these forgotten places and discarded images is born of resilience and the manifestation of the effects of nature and time. They are markers of a landscape of change and of the traces of experience that remain in our physical world like pieces of mirrors, reflecting the lives we inhabit and the dreams we chase and have forgotten along the way.
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