RUSH

The Pink Panther, The Plex, Hotel California, Gains Palace, The Fortress, Frat Castle, The Frateau, The Gent, The Empire, The Igloo. These are the names given to the houses that now hold the proud members of Arizona State University’s Fraternities. They reside in places like master-leased apartment complexes, a former motel, and multiple houses that […]

CANAL MAPPING: FINDING PUBLIC SPACE

The canal network that flows through Phoenix, the basis for the metropolis itself, offers the city a chance to sustain green neighborhoods in the interior of the city, agriculture at its periphery and perhaps a place for public life and space in the future. Looking back, the canal banks, lined by Cottonwood trees, were places […]

CARROTS AND COMMUNITY

There are many community gardens in the Phoenix area. They are all used to grow food but they each one is unique. Some provide recreational space for a specific population, while some are used to grow as much food as possible to help those who do not have to eat. The physical garden spaces vary […]

PLINKING

Traveling north on Route 87 the views of Tonto National Forest appear pristine and beautiful. Towering saguaros pepper a land that seems to go on endlessly. It wasn’t until I ventured off of the highway onto one of the many dirt roads intersecting Tonto that the pristine landscape revealed a different truth. Gunshots can be […]

THE BUFFER ZONE

What happens in the landscape beyond the edge of human structure, where the wild and the controlled collide? In this place, we are removed from the order of the urban, but we are not yet surrounded by the wilderness. This place in-between is The Buffer Zone. The Buffer Zone is just beyond the ever-expanding sprawl […]

THE MANICURED CITY

If you are looking for it you will have no problem finding it. It’s all around the greater Phoenix Valley, as odd as it may seem. Homeowners use it to seek out beautification or perhaps attention, business owners looking for a way to deter from the straight and boring lines of their establishment. Vegetation is […]

HEAT(E)SCAPE

The Heat(e)scape project emerged when Sean Deckert, an artist interested in the urban heat island effect, met with Karina Benessaiah, a geographer interested in how people perceive and adapt to changing social and ecological systems. Through the combination of infrared & normal video camera systems with interviews and music, this project seeks to articulate a […]

AJO LANDSCAPES

The landscape in and around Ajo, Arizona provides a valuable lens with which to examine the way people and place interact. Ajo’s geography dictates its industries. With the closure of the mine, Ajo’s main sources of income have become border patrol and retirees. Ubiquitous green and white SUVs patrol for desperate migrants in the same […]

THE LAST RESORT

When I moved to Arizona to attend the MFA program I was aware that I could be considered a “non-traditional “ student or just an old student. Yet I did not feel old, that is until we moved into a retirement trailer park. My husband found our trailer, which appeared to have everything we could […]

REPHOTOGRAPHS

The sites of historic photographs of the Phoenix Metropolitan area have been relocated and the views repeated (rephotographed), sometimes on several occasions. New sites have also been created for the purpose of rephotography at a later date.