Graphite, Pigments, Varnish on Purple Beechwood
We are used to see Detroit, Michigan’s Motor City, as the flipside of the American dream. With the economic and political collapse of heavy industry, life and labor in the city came to a halt too. Detroit, in short, is a textbook example of a divided nation in which a large majority is leaning towards capitalism, populism and racism under the ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan. The atmosphere is dense with the side-effects of social change and impoverishment.
This series of drawings was created during an artist residency in the city as field research between the aesthetics of industrial ruins and human inhabitants.