Statement

Euclid Beach

My innate curiosity about the ecological and social history of specificplaces drives my practice. Istrive to foster awareness ofenvironmental change by engaging viewersin unexpected visual hypotheses, offering novel lenses through which to consider the impact ofhuman action on our surroundings,both locally and on a larger scale. My work is a seriesof long-exposure photographic images of sculptural structuresbuilt on-site in specific landscapes. I construct these tableaus by immersing myself in a given place, researching and instinctively reading the terrain, and then markingthe siteusing foreign light sources and physical processes.This insertion of the artificial calls attention to and emphasizes environmental blight.In the final prints, lightsand sculptural alterations appearas intrusions. Conceptually the work is situated at the intersection of Land Art,Staged Photography, and Minimalist Sculpture. Using shapes, lines, light, geometry and especially color, my photographs reflect human disturbances, metaphorically suggesting how society divides and surveys landscapes or how humans force their will onthe natural environment.By imposing flat and abrasive color (or light) onto a site,the resulting photographic prints contrast human interference with nature’s visually rich, wide tonal range of ambient hues. Throughout the series,I encourage the viewer to reflect upon land use, and the many ways humans have cultivated and propagandized the land to fit their needs.