Amy Fichter discovered MQ2 project Mapping Main Street through an NPR Facebook post last summer. The artist, who teaches drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, was inspired to contribute her vision to the crowd-sourced collaboration, which aims to document the 10,466 streets called “Main” in the U.S.
Using the gamut of camera technology, from her iPhone to a 1940s-era antique twin-lens reflex camera, Fichter collected a series of “evocative, dream-like portraits” of Main Streets in her home town of Menomonie, and other Wisconsin communities: Eau Claire, Durand, Maiden Rock, River Falls, etc.
“I believe that living locally is much more conceivable if we really come to know our locale rather than dismissing it as small or boring,” says Fichter. “Through working on this project I have learned about who my neighbors are, what they care about, and how they identify themselves. I have learned about the history of these people and places. I have been surprised at the treasures I find.”
Her treasures have been uploaded to flickr under the mysterious nom d’artiste “xenia elizabeth.” They will be on display February 6 through March 27 at the Lake Pepin Art & Design Center in Pepin, Wisc. Road trip!