I am from Bellingham, WA, Pikeville, KY, Sackville, NB, and to some extent Truro, NS and Grand Pre, NS. All of my immediate family members live in places that are not listed above. As a person without a solid home town, I feel nostalgia and homesickness for places I have never been. Recently, I have been obsessed with southern California, but I was fixated on deserts last year. I am interested in my longing for exotic landscapes, and I feel this tendency of mine is not as unique as it initially sounds.
I recently began photographing all of various tropical images I saw in day to day life that signified paradise. This activity of documentation began at a gas station in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada. Outside of the restrooms, there were two fake palm trees and an aquarium full of tropical fish. I found it fascinating that the person who decorated likely had not experienced the tropics first hand, and yet they went out of their way to simulate that unfamiliar landscape. The simulation of landscapes and the longing for paradise that underlie that activity motivate my current body of work. I have been creating tropical images that suggest paradise, and I have been engaging in assemblage, scouring dollar stores for tacky tropical paradise decorations. The act of longing interests and inspires me, and I seek to consciously engage in it in unusual ways, pushing the act of decorating and simulating further than it usually is taken in my new installations.
SALLY FRANCES HILL