My work examines history and how our current actions, thoughts and ideas become history. The minimalistic style lends to the drawings being used as tools to archive American Midwestern homes. As the collection grows, it becomes a catalogue of houses represented by their place of origin, Google Maps. Viewers see these drawings just as they are on Google Maps: unfeeling and stoic. Compared to the voyeuristic nightscape paintings of these same neighborhoods, one can begin to sense the normalization of the invasion of privacy. Simultaneously, these drawings reveal the way in which history is being recorded by technology. These works only utilize India Ink and graphite on paper ensuring its accessibility by removing any complications in its representation. This allows viewers to focus on the perspective: the probing voyeur vs. the benign intrusion. History is rich and fascinating but it is also ripe with follies of injustice, and I’m interested in how and we watch new histories develop and grow every day. It is something present in all of my work.
Samantha Ludwig was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. Her work has been shown at the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy, the Cressman Center for Visual Arts, the Kentucky Museum of Arts in Louisville, Kentucky, and Leedy - Voulkos Gallery, Dodge Painting Gallery, the Kansas City Artist Coalition Exhibition Space, H & R Blockspace in Kansas City, and is part of the Omni Hotel’s permanent collection.