Deep Local

This work reflects my experience of American subcultures: being born and raised in coastal northern New England, and living now in the rural Appalachian south. The cultural influence of a rural community lies in its natural resources and related industries. The distinction between fishing and farming feels as starkly different as the topographies of shoreline and mountains.

The geography of Knox County, Maine is comprised of 365 square miles of land, and 779 square miles of water*. Alternatively, there is approximately 48,975 acres of agricultural land in the region where I now live (Haywood County, western North Carolina).** I have extrapolated that there could be as much as 235 miles of barbwire fence here, surrounding pasture lands and private properties. Since 1874, this galvanized-steel fencing has been used as an inexpensive solution to demarcate and delineate land, and to me it embodies the spirit of the American rural south and the strongly rooted subculture that is Appalachia.

I present this regional contrast by embedding lengths of rusted, found-barbwire (found on my Haywood County property) into an ethereal and fluid ondulé-woven cloth: dappled with light and evocative of the fluidity and expansiveness of the ocean. It is the first of my work to incorporate elements from my current environment, into the handwovens that draw upon my place of birth.

 *US Census Bureau, Knox County, Maine  **2012 Census of Agriculture County Profile: Haywood County

*US Census Bureau, Knox County, Maine

**2012 Census of Agriculture County Profile: Haywood County