Reveries & Other Fantasies - Conjured Architectural Escapes
These photographs set idealized architectural miniatures against southern vernacular
architecture. These images refer to ideas of place, belonging, refuge, escape and
fantasy. These spaces are reveries tinged with nostalgia and wistfulness for what never
was; illusions that seek and hope to become real. When viewed together, these images
form a narrative, an exploration of a space. They present the viewer with inhabited
landscapes that are devoid of human figures but full of their traces. These fictional
landscapes are anchored to a determined place, they dwell in a recognizable geography,
a romanticized American South.
The work presented here uses a reversal of photographic custom where the image
represented is not scaled down to fit within the print, but is instead magnified. The
miniatures photographed stand in for ordinary objects they are archetypes that can be
recognized at a glance. At first, the images are plausible but something undermines that
believability. The objects are easy to read, but something in the details challenges the
plausibility of the image.

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