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Zoe Childerley

ęZoe Childerley

"Land of Milk and Honey"

This work is about the much-deliberated American journey, the search for a better life and people’s connection with the land. It was made during an artist residency at the Museum of Friends in Southern Colorado, where there has been a constant flux of migration since the first settlers. Pioneers headed west during the Gold Rush, eventually setting up homesteads and ranches; later people were brought from all over the world to work in the coalmines.  The counterculture children of the 1960s were attracted by the beauty and isolation of the San Luis valley and founded the hippy communes. One commune still survives and many people from now defunct communities stayed in the area, giving an otherwise conservative county an alternative vibe. Despite the downturn in fortunes the people who remain are steadfast in their love for the land, still determined to reject the system and cling to the once promised freedom of the wild west.




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