Meditations on America
“Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated.” ― Jean Baudrillard, America
Meditations on America is a collection of images taken on the road while driving cross-country from LA to NYC and in the studio subsequently, presented as ruminations on the ideology of an America of our imaginations.
There’s an inherent interplay of fact and fiction while alluding to hyperreal cinematic nostalgia of an imagined America. The narratives interlace consumption, car culture, surveillance and excess - showcasing tokens of cultural hegemony that have become synonymous with America. Photography in its nature is inherently simulacra, the landscapes, portraits and still lives examine a poetic narrative of an aestheticized and anesthetized America in the era of late Capitalism.
Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear.