Arianna Garcia


Undergraduate Student


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Winner, Honorable Mention

Creation Date

Spring 2020




Recently, I’ve been interested in studying Lawn as Landscape and investigating the autonomy we often hand over to it. Our yards take up so much of our energy and resources without their prerogatives being contemplated. We welcome the Lawn with open arms, adorning it with the latest hairstyles; always keeping it hydrated. On the contrary, some of us neglect this terrain, offering it a new, more political dynamic. These personal choices and their multi-layered effects allow us to envision the Lawn as a microcosm of contemporary ecological discourse. By investigating this complex relationship, we'll find that these intricacies can be discovered throughout contemporary society. The Lawn is a verb as much as it's a noun, and whether it's one or the other depends on the Landscaper. I’m aiming to take on the role of Landscaper to open a dialogue that works to reclaim this as a space that isn’t ruled by a binary. By rejecting expectations that have been placed on it, it's able to act as an extension of ‘domestic’ space; a conversation between inside and outside that’s constantly ebbing and flowing. Namely, a blurring of where one place ends and the other begins-- a queer space without boundaries.