Sod People

For Transplants and Shutterbugs: This is a hybrid work of prose poetry and images from the Midwest, abutting images text, photos, and grass with memories and the feeling of nostalgia in photography now. What began as a letter of apology to our daughter for not having the type of family photo album she might expect, and now addressed to the erudite reader of photo-books, this work is both an exhibition of prints abstracting the book, and artists’ book filled with prose of personal iterations of photographic theory.

This prose and original series of photographs, uses the metaphor of sod to link the hundreds of inherited images, personal collections, and the places we come from.  Context takes president as the arrangement and anecdotal additions we’ve come to expect are impacting our vision more than any change in technology.

Reading the first few pages of Sod People on Instagram: #sodpeople

Sod People is one chapter of a larger project of artists books called the Codicil (previous iterations Ground Cover). Inspired by the Walking Artists movement of 1960’s, this meandering photographic project uses the cadence of a walk through green grass, to draw together vignettes of poetry and photographic vision. I’m interested in the pedestrian experience in both senses of the word – a walk as a way to access the deepest of interior narratives. Also the book is such an intimate experience, and yet projects like this abstract the book object into an installation, transform the personal encounter into a play of context. Images and text no longer co-mingle on the page. Iterations allow for the images to change. Your vision is missing.  Send me your annotations as anecdotes to this text, your ground cover, collected images may have a place in the codicils.

Click Here to see a special installation of Sod People, January-February 2017, at DePaul’s Design Gallery Project Space at 14 E. Jackson Room 208.