Where two plots of suburban land meet, a visual dialogue begins. This point of contact, on the property line, reveals communication between neighbors through landscape as an extension of the self. There is no margin here. Are we connected or divided by the place our land touches the land of another? How is this line drawn? In this body of work, I explore the way we protect our boundaries by creating a buffer in a place that has none, and how we cling more strongly to our own identity as our space nears its edge.
Roberta Neidigh: Sacramento, California USA
Roberta Neidigh grew up on a farm in the rural Midwest, where land seemed to have no bounds. The farmhouse had been inhabited by generations of Roberta’s ancestors, and her time there marked the beginning of her fascination with people, their histories, and their landscapes. She earned a BFA in Textile Design at Indiana University and subsequently settled with her husband in northern California, where she worked as an exhibiting textile artist for ten years. Photographing her first child rekindled a love for the darkroom, and Roberta began making portraits, focusing on connections between people and their environments. After raising her family, Roberta returned to the landscape in 2010. She has since shown her work in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, and currently explores the ways in which we cultivate our own public and private spaces.