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Moweaqua: The One and Only
Welcome to Moweaqua, Illinois. Population 2000.
I have always found my hometown’s exotic name and slogan- “The One and Only”- to be humorous, considering that Moweaqua is much like any other rural community found in the Midwest. Yet here, I feel a sense of wonderment and ease that I have yet to experience anywhere else. Then there are other times when I feel uneasy, frustrated, and foreign within such familiar surroundings. This range of feelings is what I capture in my work, what I think about when photographing in Moweaqua– how to be gentle without being nostalgic, how to be critical without being harsh. I have my own relationship with my hometown, and it continues to be complex, conflicted and wonderful all at once.
Through a combination of still-lives, portraits and landscapes I am constructing a portrait of Moweaqua, not completely as it exists today, but as I narrate it to be through the acts of accumulation images and editing. My memories, knowledge of town history and new experiences shape the body of work into a narrative that is not only personal, but universal to the collective experience of living in the Midwest.
All images were created in 2008-2010 in completion of the MFA in Photography at Illinois State University in Normal, IL. All images are 18x24" archival prints.