Susan Wides' large scale photographs depict scenes of New York City and the surrounding area that show how humans have participated in the creation of the landscape. Her work is a product of questioning the nature fantasy that surrounds the Hudson Valley; after all, artists of the Hudson River School persisted in recreating the green hills of the valley despite the deforestation that took place due to the growth of industry in those areas. Wides compares this image of Sheep's Meadow to a quit-like town square; Wall Street is a film set; fall colours obscure the true nature of a junkyard.
Work by Susan Wides will be featured in an exhibition at the Hudson River Museum from May 28 through September 11, 2011.
Near Catskill Creek