IN THE MEMBERS' GALLERY
Barbara Moody: New Work
July 1 - August 2, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, July 10, 2015, 5:30-8:30 pm
Partial Demolition, collage on paper, mounted on panel, 22 x 30 inches, 2015.
Microburst, collage on paper, mounted on panel, 30 x 44 inches.
White Wall (detail), collage and acrylic on paper, mounted on panel, 30 x 44 inches.
In manicured suburbia, with its tidy lawns and tasteful shutters, I find it exciting to see an occasional demolition site, with its jagged edges and splintered glass. In my pretty town, I'm especially attracted to decaying clapboards, peeling paint, and collapsing rooflines. These small islands of decay within the perfectly groomed suburban landscape are like symbols of uncertainty, neglect, misfortune, even violence. Within the rigid order of fertilized lawns and charming flowerboxes, piles of construction trash appear as a threat to the society's well-being.
I record these phenomena with my camera, and then piece together disparate images to re-create suburban landscapes that magnify the drama of the demolition and decay.