2018 Finalists

Matthew PORTCH

Artist statement: Lost America  is an ongoing series that examines a quiet stillness in a forgotten landscape, that is in a sense, ‘on pause’.

Backwater towns and rural corners are juxtaposed with the ambiguity of detached suburbia. Places appear frozen in time; their inhabitants absent or long since departed.

Ardently stagnant in their appearance, the images aim to unlock a moment of reflective contemplation and instil a melancholic feeling of familiarity.

One might not notice or acknowledge these spaces, especially when viewed within the vast stretch of America’s panorama. Yet, when framed as a single vignette, the places can appear to echo a moment of mournful reverie. Or, for some, they might behold an alluringly sombre, everlasting impression.


Ford Drive In, Michigan  2017
from the series Lost America
pigment ink-jet print
97.5 x 130.0 cm
courtesy of the artist


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