Mountains + Valleys uses images of the American West to interpret and confront cultural myths that are disseminated through the representation of that landscape. Titled for the two primary folds in Origami, the work uses physical alteration to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image. I travel to these sites to photograph them; then I print these images, fold them,and then re-photograph them. The resulting images are simultaneously manipulated and photograhically real. The geometric impositions onto the photo-object literally impress an aesthetic ideal onto the landscape, scarring the very thing they attempt to augment and interrupting the fantasy of an untouched and untouchable vista.
This work was created through the support of The Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts, Art Farm, VCCA, and the Research Enhancement Program Grant at Wayne State University.