This series explores the growing phenomenon that is geographical ‘sprawl’.
Sprawl is a type of building development, a homogeneous pattern of design that is on the increase globally. The images in this series playfully model the concept of suburban sprawl. These miniature constructs might appear to be rather bland, but they are actually improvised using many cheap, domestic and mass-produced materials. These are everyday items which have been sourced around the home, in large chain shops, or discarded as waste. The presence of such materials is understated, implying a sense of detachment to the sheer quantities of stuff we have become accustomed to.
Suburban sprawl is an environment made of contradictions. It contains comfort and safety in the mundane and familiar, yet conversely leads to feelings of numbness and alienation. The rise of sprawl is not only creating a type of landscape, but it also fosters a particular way of living. Although domesticating our landscape in such a way might seem to be harmless, as sprawl increases it encroaches upon other environments, which ultimately means that this type of landscape and lifestyle are now dominating.