Recently, I’ve been interested in studying Lawn as Landscape and investigating the autonomy we, without question, often hand over to it. In America, our front yards take up so much of our energy and resources without their prerogatives ever being interrogated or contemplated.  

For instance, many of us welcome the Lawn with open arms, adorning it with the latest accessories and hairstyles; always keeping it hydrated. On the other hand, some of us neglect or reject 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. Meaning, if we investigate the complex relationship Americans have with their lawns, we will find that these intricacies and issues can be discovered at a much larger scale in contemporary society.   

Now, the Lawn is a verb as much as it is a noun, and whether it's one or the other depends on the Landscaper. I’m aiming to take on the role of Landscaper, Lawn-Mower, or what have you, to open up a new dialogue that works to reclaim the Lawn as a space that isn’t ruled by a binary. By rejecting the historical expectations that have been placed on the Lawn, its able to act as an extension of ‘domestic’ space, or rather 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.  

 

Above all, through queering the Lawn, I’m liberating it from dogmatic “man-scaping,” and allowing it to shape-shift into a more habitable space for all.  

 © 2020 by Arianna Garcia.

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