ROADSIDE ARTRACTIONS

In the mid-1930’s, the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Federal Art Project hired unemployed artists to make paintings, murals, sculptures, and two million silkscreened posters which promoted social messages, education, and public health. A fraction of these became some of the most iconic art ever created—the National Park Service posters, designed to encourage Americans to travel and explore our national treasures.

To me a national treasure isn’t a well-trodden landmark, or a popular tourist attraction. It’s the unexpected—the woman and man-made monuments, totems of originality and creativity—roadside attractions.

In this series, I celebrate these oversized oddities by juxtaposing their kitchiness with a classic, uniquely American art form that during a difficult time, helped lift spirits and renew hope

MADE IN CALIFORNIA

MADE IN ILLINOIS

MADE IN MASSACHUSETTS

MISC.

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