CAROL JACKSON

Ornate western saddlery, graphics from industrial age sheet music covers, American Chippendale Rococo furniture and petrification are my source material. Since their initial appearrance during the industrial era and their mass production ever since, such Americana has served to glorify the expedited prime of their cultural moment.

Epic literature informs my leather and paper mach forms. These grand apocalyptic narratives of triumph and loss have influenced my framing of the larger and equally romantic epic of the rapturous decline of the west. Glory is a memory that seeks resuscitation through the iconography of the past.

I mine government databases of states which regularly served as film sets for classic westerns. Digital stills from the National Park Services and traffic webcams of AZ, CA, CO, NM, UT and WY. These images are embedded into paper mache forms derived from the above popular motifs to appear as calcified moments discovered by a demoted future. These geodes are like ghost towns where loss permanently dwells.