JOHNNA ARNOLD, Best Buy, I-580, Emeryville, CA, 2011; 16 x 20 in., digital c-print. Edition of 10.
This photograph is from Johnna Arnold’s In/Finite Potential series, a project in which the artist embeds herself in various semi-industrial landscapes. Shot on the edge of where freeways intersect with the natural environment, Arnold’s sublime presence draws thoughtful attention to our relationship with an often-frantic urban existence. Arnold explains: “The freeways snuck into my life – from birth I’ve utilized them without knowing how they were made or who made them. Like our running water and electricity, these resources assist our daily lives, yet we rarely appreciate or acknowledge them. Our progress in mastering the land has separated us from the very thing that gives us life.” Arnold received her MFA in 2005 from Mills College. She has exhibited her work extensively throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Southern Exposure, and the SFMOMA Artist's Gallery.