Susan Rochester

Artist, Photographer

Susan Rochester is a Sutherlin, Oregon-based photographer whose Remendando la Frontera/Mending the Border series of digitally manipulated landscape photographs printed on fabric invite us to contemplate the artificiality of the United States-
Mexico border. She asks us to think about the impact of the random and artificial division of the land on the lives, fates and fortunes of inhabitants on both sides of the border. Rochester kaleidoscopically fractures and reconstructs border landscape photographs to produce images that refer to the designs of Navajo blankets. In doing so she points out that the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest are much older and more permanent than the border itself.