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PORTFOLIOS: Miss Americana

The title, Miss Americana, is intended to convey the corny good feeling that comes from state fairs and roadside attractions as well as the sense of our loving this place where we live… replete with nostalgia and the passage of time and loved ones traveling alongside of strangers. But prefixing the ‘Miss’ in front of ‘Americana’, as in misfortune or misinterpretation, is an intentional effort to subvert the rose-tinted propaganda that proliferates throughout our cultural existence. On larger issues, we seldom agree on much of anything. No matter who you are, there are both subjective and objective realities to be had and someone to tussle with if you should be so inclined. Along the highways and byways, there is no end of enterprises to amuse, confuse, educate or anger those who are willing to pull over and pay attention.

Traveling cannot help but lead to musings upon politics and religion and parenting and gender issues and in my world these are channeled through the abject Siamese tandem of pathos and humor. I am often guilty of trotting out shopworn artslang about time and beauty and decay and how there is death behind every daisy but damn, if it were not for examining the clumsy elegance of domestic routine and the outright bizarre existence we lead once we cross the threshold to the outside world, I wouldn’t have a whole hell of a lot to say.

St. Louis, Missouri
  
Off of I-95, North Carolina
  
...for Dirty Sluts, Atlantic City, New Jersey
     
  
Bedford, Virginia
  
Front Royal, Virginia
  
Fargo, North Dakota
     
  
Sparta, Wisconsin
  
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  
Richmond, Virginia
     
  
Somerset, Wisconsin
  
Richmond, Virginia
  
Norfolk, Virginia
     
  
Richmond, Virginia
  
Sparta, Wisconsin
  
Natural Bridge, Virginia
     
  
Los Angeles, California
  
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  
Richmond, Virginia
     
  
Cherokee, North Carolina
  
Sturdis, South Dakota
  
Richmond, Virginia
     
  
Lacrosse, Wisconsin
  
Actually a Coal Plant, Poca, West Virginia
  
Richmond, Virginia
     
  
Richmond, Virginia
  
Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tennessee
  
Richmond, Virginia
     
  
Richmond, Virginia
  
Richmond, Virginia
  
Sturgis, South Dakota
     
  
Dragon, Arizona
  
Minneapolis, Minnesota
  
Norfolk, Virginia
     
  
Memphis, Tennessee