Prof. Joan Harrison CGPH 16

"There was a child went forth everyday,
and the first object he looked upon and received
with wonder or pity or love or dread, that object he became.
And that object became part of him for the day...or for many years
or stretching cycles of years."

Walt Whitman from "The Leaves of Grass"


"Accumulations", as exercises in looking and seeing, are a documentary view of an
American place and time. For this body of work I have adopted the astute eye of a
point and shoot digital camera and am recording the people and objects of "wonder,
pity, love and dread" that populate my daily existence. These glimpses of the vernacular
landscape are sometimes single pictures but more often to be seen in groupings of two
or more images which amplify their ironic, cinematic perspective. The images are informed
by a folk art aesthetic and passion for the amassing of the curious, the ceremonial and the
improbable. They are personal, political and profligate in the spirit of Whitman.



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