Prompted by the three years I spent as a photographer, editor, and director of East Tennessee State University's newspaper, Orientation examines institutional environments and academic culture at East Tennessee State University.
The photographs address how students, faculty and staff indirectly interact with a variety of campus spaces as well as depicting how the spaces are utilized and repurposed. The images emphasize the artificiality of the subject matter while maintaining certain naturalistic qualities inherent to the material. Through observation and my perspective as an artist, I introduce these anonymous and ubiquitous places with character and personality, humanizing the subject matter.
For Orientation, I create an archive of artifacts relating to previous interactions, encounters and communications between faculty and students. The series attempts to describe the absurdity and irony I discover and observe within the confines of higher education.
Language Arts Break Room (2015)