Artist Statement

I think about my home and the open fields around it and it brings happiness but only for a moment. The spaces where my first kiss, my first car wreck, and so many other first feel as though they have been torn down and paved over with the land. The high school where my father and his siblings graduated is now a Panda Express and Starbucks. The field where I learned how to snowmobile is now to be houses. The dairy and beef cow ranches in this once agricultural valley have shrunk to half what they used to be. Then it all comes back to the fact that it isn’t that way anymore that that is a forgone romanticized idea of my home town. It is now full of suffocating buildings and cookie cutter homes that leave little room for those traditions which defined the valley. I think about the dairy farms and sheep herd I have been be lost to the “progress” of the valley. The open land that once made this valley to story book town of beauty and community. The over growth building and the use of land now defines this town as being at the center of one of the top fastest growing counties in the united states. The loss of quiet here is deafening. I look at the 100 year old farm house and the families that have lived in them and I wonder will they be there in another 100 years or will they too be cookie cutter springs. People read images for what they depict and people read land as what they can get from it. Nothing in our view is allowed to be left open. Land, images, concepts, and people are all redefined every time they are surveyed. It is the growth of urban that will be the downfall of earth. I used image/object relationship to look at the land use, image/image to look at the digitization of it and the image text to explain the loss.

I grew up in Heber City, Utah: with a rural community base and a love for animals and nature. Tradition is and preservation of the past is important to me. To watch as the world rushes to the newest and greatest I look to the simple things of open fields and ranch life. With a creative and traditional family blend I grew up knowing there should be a balance. That you have to look at what it would take not just what it would give you when you want something. I have a hard time trading convenance for the destruction and disruption of land and animals. That’s why working on work about the land and the animals it is home to is so important to me.