Middleland: Some Drawings and Photographs

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We look to the convenience of a homeland, likely an idealized notion, for refuge.

by Melissa Vandenberg



Identity is made more complex as the world we know becomes homogenized, and globalization takes a firmer grasp. In turn, we look to the convenience of a homeland, likely an idealized notion, for refuge.

An unsure relationship with my ancestry, folk art, war, and nationalism play a fundamental role in my studio research. I was born into a legacy of woodworkers, blacksmiths, quilters, and other handicrafts. These skills were performed for functional and decorative applications. A do-it-yourself attitude prevailed with both economic and personal esteem. We built our own walls to shelter our families; we made our own quilts to keep our families warm. The nostalgia for these lost realities is my catalyst to make art.

 

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