mother·land

I am a full time high school art/photography teacher, an artist, and a mother of two young girls. After attempting to photograph the landscapes while on a family camping trip, I realized a recurring theme in the way I photograph outside of the studio. The common traditions in landscape photography typically fall in the realm of waiting for the perfect lighting, bringing your most expensive equipment, and creating a sublime image that marks your feat. I would consider my current body of work the anti-sublime: kids in tow, time constrained by the needs of others, and the brief, disrupted encounter with the landscape. As a mother and a full time art teacher, my view of the land is brief and often disrupted. My hope is that the viewers can relate to that feeling of squeezing in suppressed passions that end up being overpowered by the necessity to rear children and provide for the family. By using an extremely short depth of field in my images, I inevitably convey the anti-sublime of the most popular landscapes in America. My images challenge the viewer to identify the depth and context and that inevitably helps to make them captivating images.  

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Gallery view of mother·land
Joe McCauley Art Gallery at Heartland Community College (March 30 – June 11, 2020)
Grand Canyon, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Colorado National Monument, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Michigan Lake, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Sequoia National Forest, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Michigan Pine, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Big Sur, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Death Valley Basin, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Petrified Forest, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Santa Fe National Forest, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″
Death Valley Dunes, 2019
Pigment Print on Masonite, 24″ x 36″