Interrogating issues surrounding the artificiality of borders and the ways in which socio-political lines exclude, divide, and separate.
Using photography, satellite imagery, digital processes, and metal leaf, Susan Rochester creates images that explore the edges formed by boundaries, and the spaces that often fall between border walls.
Rochester is especially intrigued by the odd quirks of thse lines, formed by human whim versus those formed by natural occurrence. Why here and not there? If a border runs through a body of water, who owns the water? Who owns the fish? Who owns the sky, and who owns the air?
Seeking to make borders finite, to create facsimiles that aid viewers in understanding the intricacies created when a line is drawn on paper, Susan also recombines borders, taking pieces from each side and weaving them into something unified, whole, and undivided.
Rochester creates images that explore and expose border regions declared unsafe, invoked by those in power as the underlying reason for barricades. These fragmented images are often unclear, reflecting and amplifying our lack of understanding about these lines that divide.
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