Born and raised in the American South, Rosie Brock’s childhood serves as the primary inspiration for her photographic work focused on this region. After graduating from the BFA Photography and Video Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City this past May, Brock has since relocated to the South to continue developing her practice. Recently, Brock was named as a student winner in the 2018 PDN Photo Annual and has been published in Oxford American, Capricious, and It’s Nice That, among others.
And Ever Shall Be
The humid climate and flat landscape of Gulf Coast Florida served as the backdrop to my childhood. Torrential storms would roll in on most summer afternoons around three o’clock, leaving behind the distinct smell of steaming rain on asphalt. The years I spent living on the Gulf Coast and the regionally specific encounters I had there was a key motivation for this body of work, entitled And Ever Shall Be. After spending three years in art school in New York City, I felt compelled to return to the area of the country where I had spent my formative years. Bathed in oppressive July humidity, I sought out individuals and scenes reminiscent of my own youth. The resulting visual narrative focuses on the nuanced relationship between the region’s deep-seated mythicism and the current socio-economic reality. This confluence of past and present is furthered articulated by the recurring motif of the archetypal county fair.
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