Inclined to Elude

By  |  February 15, 2018
© Morgan Ashcom. Courtesy of the artist and MACK © Morgan Ashcom. Courtesy of the artist and MACK

Artist: Morgan Ashcom

Project: What the Living Carry (MACK)

Description: The photographs in Morgan Ashcom’s What The Living Carry are situated in the fictional Southern town of Hoys Fork, a community inspired by the rural Virginia landscape of Ashcom’s childhood and by William Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County. Laced with strangeness and mystery, they lead the viewer on “a trail through the town and its surrounding forest.” In one shot, “a forlorn old man, with champagne to hand, reclines on the corroding steps of a once grand home.” In another, “a bloodied mattress is carried through an overgrown field.” In the foreground of one bright photo, a solitary, shirtless child “burrows into a meadow.” Together, the images present a kind of fragmented narrative, “a visual record that is simultaneously autobiographical and imagined, and inclined to elude.”


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Morgan Ashcom received his BFA from George Mason University and MFA from the University of Hartford. His work has won numerous awards, including Center’s Choice Awards, the Lenscratch Editor’s Choice Award 2014, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now Purchase Prize. Ashcom has been an artist in residence at Light Work and has taught photography at Western Connecticut State University, Ithaca College, University of Hartford and Cornell University. He is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Previous books include Leviathan (2015).