Cowboy Haven

By  |  July 25, 2017
All photos © Michaela O’Brien All photos © Michaela O’Brien

Artist: Michaela O’Brien

Project: Love Valley

Description: Michaela O’Brien’s Love Valley captures life in a North Carolina township founded as a “cowboy haven” in 1954. At .2 square miles, with a population hovering around 100, Love Valley “brings to mind a John Wayne movie.” Allowing only foot and horse traffic, it “also conjures an eerie ghostliness at quieter times of day.” O’Brien’s photographs present a “fragmented narrative of frontier freedom” in which “the complete story is eschewed for the remains: a constellation of biblical and patriotic gestures, and what lies at the heart of it all, the desire to start over.”

 


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Michaela O’Brien is a documentary artist, photographer, and filmmaker currently based in Durham, NC. She holds an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University. Her work includes independent documentaries for broadcast, award-winning audiovisual installations, client-based archival research, and interactive videos for a variety of acclaimed museums. Her photographic and moving image works have been featured in galleries and film festivals worldwide. She is currently teaching in the department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University.