Pelouse | Marie-Soleil St-Yves 

Having recently lived through a home buying process, I was curious in looking at my own participation in rural social norms associated with homes and their landscapes. What interested me for this project was rural yard management and self-policing, particularly in an economic system where homes are investments and where the lines are blurred between self-expression and the financialization of daily life. The development of the lawn in North America is explicitly linked to colonialism and settler agriculture. This imagery of masculinity versus nature is also explicitly used in popular culture and in advertisement. I focused on keywords and themes that were speaking to me; lawns as socially regulated spaces, consensus rather than self-expression, (self) surveillance as entertainment, man versus nature. In short, this work is about the absurdity of rules such as cutting your grass regularly and drinking your Smirnoff Ice in one go.” 

I. Cook with me (literally)

II. party footage :)

III. i got invited to a party!


V. easy 1 step mowing routine!

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The real power of site-specific work is that it somehow activates, or engages with, the narratives of the site in some kind of way. (Pearson)