Diane Pierce

There is a densely packed world that exists between the known familiarity of home and the purposeful place of destination. In the continuum between the two are places that await examination bringing them out of the periphery and into the frame. These are places that we pass by throughout our lives, yet they remain an unknown blur out of the corner of our eyes until we take a moment to stop and observe them. A forlorn farmhouse on a country road, an ambitious development in some stage of construction, an abandoned diner being reclaimed by nature—hese scenes comprise the amorphous landscape that passes by the windows of our cars, buses and trains as we rush out from our homes on daily errands and extended travels. Each of our lives has its own unique transect which is infinitely divisible and filled with places that exist in the margins.

The images from Straying from Home give these places an autonomy that they do not ordinarily possess in our daily lives. These static images allow one to see into what is usually a transitory backdrop to our normal routine. Despite the solitude of imagery notably devoid of people, it is very much about people. Without the distraction of people, the images allow for an unmitigated investigation of places that have been extensively and intimately manipulated by people. For the viewer the places themselves become manifestations of those relationships between people and place.


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