This week for Eyes on the South, we take a look at the work of Marcie Hancock. Marcie says,
This series is a narrative investigation of the man-woman and culture-nature dichotomies. While these comparisons are more metaphorical than literal, they lend themselves to the understanding of how objectification, gender, and oppression translate between systems of being. A collection of environmental interactions and inanimate matter, the role of gender is placed in question in order to identify the cultural expectations and areas of interest that have been in many ways divvied up between the sexes. These ecological metaphors pull inspiration from the ecofeminist writings of Emma Bell Miles, regional folklore, and the woman-nature comparison upheld by writers such as Zora Neale Hurston. I have found these relationships to be particularly relevant within Appalachia, and as I am emerging into a new stage of womanhood, the work has become a personal investigation as much as an anthropological one. The story has evolved into one of thick-skinned femininity and my own struggle to determine what makes a 'good woman.' This work has much further to go.
Marcie Hancock is a photographer and occasional writer focusing on regionally based projects in Southern and Central Appalachia, as well as the greater South. Her work often investigates the possibilities of photographic narrative, and issues of materiality- exploring the dialect and connectivity of humans to non-human matter. She graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Photography in 2014, and was named a finalist in the 2013 New York Photo Awards for the photographic book A Good Man (Is Hard To Find). She is from, and currently residing in, Southwest Virginia. www.marcie-hancock.com