18-005 'All-American'

acrylic plexiglass

As a descendant from a farming family, this piece explores and abstracts my grandparent's collapsing barn in rural Northeast Ohio. The archetype of the barn is produced in the gridded structure, composed of a series of white, vertical structural beams supporting the red, horizontal lattices that reminisce the iconic cherry red siding of the all-American structure. The two primary columns rise to a diagonal point as a remnant of a lost sloping roofline. The form's simplicity speaks to the continual demolition of these structures over time when all but one wall manages to stand. These sites become gravestones to the American dream in a nation that has turned its back on family farms in preference for large industrialized agricultural practices.

18-005