||Art cannot be created in a bubble. Motion Pictures is no exception. This body of work is a culmination of my education, location, and personal interaction with pop culture. Without my move from Atlanta to Salt Lake City, I would not have become so obsessed with my subject matter. Without my subject matter I would never have attracted attention from certain professors. And without those professors I would never have found my medium, and so on and so on... When I first moved to Utah, instead of being completely overwhelmed by the mountains and nature, I found myself in awe of places like State Street in Salt Lake City and the strip in Wendover, Nevada. 1 couldn't believe that the ma and pop businesses of the past hadn't been leveled to make way for a new Motel 6 or Harrah's. The memories I have of my childhood in the south leave the same taste as the landscapes still standing in Utah today. The Utah landscapes have outlived most of their kind but they are on borrowed time. The Motion Picture boxes change the images into three dimensional art objects. They are no longer simply about a photograph; instead they are sculptural interpretations of the photographic images. When I first became interested in creating light boxes instead of prints, one of my motivations behind doing this was to create an individual art object. Photography, like printmaking, is about series or print-not the single piece. As I began creating the individual boxes, they no longer felt like individuals but parts of a bigger body of work. That was very ironic to me, but it was also one of the major factors in my choice to hang all of the pieces connected together. The individual frames of the light boxes were on the original pieces before they were transformed for my work. Most of the frames are imitations of various styles and wood grains. They are made of plaster and chip very easily. I clean them up as best as I can but there is a certain amount of character in the chips and scratches. Their scars are reminders of their travels and transformations.