The task of mowing a lawn is the responsibility of the tenant and should be performed consistently to ensure that their lot is free of weeds, insects and other plants. Through this visual and audible display of upkeep it opens up a dialogue of the advantages and disadvantages of being a homeowner and lot renter in a mobile home community. There is often a negative stereotype associated within the manufactured home culture that I aim to make apparent through the performance of mowing a lawn. Also bringing the sounds and smells of the suburban landscape to the city as a reminder of the lack of equitable and sustainable housing as a problem for both urban and rural American communities.
Amy Ritter (b. 1986) is a Brooklyn based artist born in Allentown, PA. Ritter holds a B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art at Temple University, and a M.F.A. from The Ohio State University (2014). Ritter attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2016. Her most recent residencies include a fellowship at the Fine Arts work Center, Provincetown, MA (2015), LMCC’s studio program located in Lower Manhattan (2016-2017), and a Hot Pick for Smack Mellon (2016). Ritter has recently been represented at SUPERMARKET Art Fair in Stockholm, Sweden, AIPAD, Spring Break Art Show, and this winter at Satellite Art Fair in Miami. She currently has a public sculpture installed at Socrates Sculpture Park part of their Emerging Artist Fellowship.