Beginning in the 1950s the American middle class exploded and the nation struggled to house the growing, young families. Inspired by manufacturing processes, fabricated neighborhoods began to pop up, offering homes that assembled quickly and efficiently to meet rising demand. The introduction of mechanization and mass production to residential construction has a profound affect on the American vernacular, which is the focus of this body of work. The series combines analog photographic tools with digital cutting technology to create images that extend beyond the two-dimensional image plane, becoming sculptural objects reacting to space and light.
Meghan Duda is fascinated with two things, architecture and photography. Born in Massachusetts and raised in South Carolina, she earned a professional Bachelor’s degree in architecture from Virginia Tech and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Dakota. Meghan settled in Fargo six years ago after living in Virginia for seven years. She currently teaches an architectural photography seminar in the Department of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at North Dakota State as well as an intro to black and white photography course at Minnesota State University Moorhead. In her most resent body of work Duda combines analog photographic tools with digital cutting technology to create images that extend beyond the two-dimensional image plane, becoming sculptural objects reacting to space and light. This work is part of an ongoing exploration of the effects of mechanized building practices on the built environment.