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My work takes a critical view of the present concerns of Appalachia, more specifically the coal industry and its effects on the economy, ecology, and social fiber of local communities. My subject matter stems from my personal experience with the Appalachian region, where I was born and raised. After moving away, I grew more critical of regional issues. This gives me a unique perspective, as I am able to view these issues as a local and an outsider.

Taken as a whole, I approach my work as a conversation. This conversation reveals a critical eye and provides commentary about Appalachia’s social and economic struggles. My goal is not to tell the audience the message, but to let them discover it for themselves.

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