Continental U.S

valerie hollstein's avatar valerie hollstein
    2016 2nd place

Continental U.S is a glass collage of 15'7''wide by 9'4' high' that celebrates forty eight states with diverse elements. Famous landmarks fill the space of this map within the boundaries of each state and carry some connection to a larger contextual meaning. The chosen images may not all qualify as iconic to many, but should be recognizable by most. Likewise, no subject dominates, instead my intention with this map is to draw you from memorials which evoke sacrifice and heroism to iconic structures such as bridges and buildings, to physical representations of red rocks, coastline, mountains, farmlands and deserts, to important cultural associations. Throughout these abstract glass images I hope to bring an appreciation of the rich and often complex heritage of our country. Foremost, I hope to stir a memory for some or a desire for others to dive more deeply into one's own country. My visual imagery is highly influenced by the impressionist movement and each state was carefully tied with contrasting color temperature while playing with a palette of gray tones. In most of my work, I strive to use glass shards the way I would merge colors in a painting.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 1/8
  • Medium: glass
  • Width: 15'7''
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 9'4''