Subdivided Views, on view March 2-29, features a new body of photography work by alumna Susan Moore that depicts an idealized view of nature fundamental to the subdivisions surrounding South Bend, Indiana. The opening reception will take place from 4-6p, March 2.
As associate professor at Indiana University, South Bend, Moore coordinates the photography area. Her photography has been exhibited regionally and nationally in individual shows as well as juried exhibitions. She has received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission to support her landscape photography projects—including Subdivided Views—and her work was recently published in View Camera. Moore earned a BA from Columbia College in Chicago in 1991, a master's in Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998, and an MFA from Washington University in 2003.
Artist Statement: Subdivided Views
For many years now I have been photographing the landscape seeking to discover the many ways in which people interact, live, and coexist with their environment. This new body of work depicts an idealized view of nature that is fundamental to the subdivisions surrounding South Bend, Indiana.
I began this project by photographing the homes within the subdivision where I live, Ranch Acres. Many of the images are in essence a portrait of a home, a depiction of the façade and the exterior landscape. And, although there are similarities between the homes as each one is typical of subdivisions as a whole, it is the unique qualities that drew me to each of these places. I admire the care many homeowners take in maintaining their lawns. Expressing their pride through the exterior of their home shows the cultural significance of the home in relation to the American Dream.
Beyond the individual homes, I continued photographing the wide swaths of land that subdivisions encompass. The places where the development presses against its surroundings and the somewhat empty space that cushions and creates distance between the homes. In these quiet places, the underlying bucolic nature of the suburb is most evident.
These images depict my engagement with my immediate surroundings. The wide-angle lens exaggerates the expansive lawns and amplifies the distance between the home and the camera, illustrating the privacy and the quiet isolation embodied in the subdivision.
This project was intended to document north central Indiana; similar images could have been made throughout the United States. The subdivision is a ubiquitous part of society and culture in the United States.