This was a graduate student project by Heide Martin for Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto's LARCH 640 course, Autumn 2005.
"The purpose of this project was to create a collage exploring a thesis relating to a topic discussed in class. I chose to explore the topic of regional identity, and my aim was to depict how, in America, we have degraded the meaning of regional identity to the point that we have largely become consumers of it. I depict the American populace as caricatures, heedlessly careening through a monotonous landscape populated by imitations of regional identity. The recognizably American images are placed out of context and offered on billboards to comment on how detached we have become from what we consume." ---- Heide Martin