Flatfile Collection

Artist Statement

“Wall Maps” was started in 2013 when I noticed that a large percentage of my images focused on walls: the textures, the patterns, what was on them, and where they were. It was clear that many of them were not just interior walls, but exterior walls that housed a place where people had lived or worked or visited or shopped. The attention to walls grew out of my other social landscape work where there had been an attraction to places that conveyed a sense of absence of loneliness, and of discomfort—places where there was a visual sense that people have left these areas with no certainty of when they would, if ever, return. “Wall Maps,” quite literally, has a basis in dictionary definitions: wall as a thing perceived as a protective or restrictive barrier, and maps as a diagram or collection of data showing the spatial arrangement or distribution of something over an area.