it's lovely up north


(long post sorry) here it is, my finished ap art concentration!! i focused on toys and souvenirs and the memories connected to them/significance of them. overall im super happy how it all turned out!

i love love love the very particular variation/hybrid of midwestern and southern gothic that exists in south texas? like? especially in san antonio and the hill country there’s a specific sort of feeling that comes with the endless bluesky back-country in the north, and the limestone cliffs and the thick mesquite trees and the night-sounds of coyotes and the endless weeds and rusted things and animal bones and abandoned barns and houses you find every so often, just sitting there in the middle of fields and forests.. but there’s also the whole swampy dark spanish-moss-hanging-from-trees old-southern thing going on– especially down on the guadalupe, where it’s more river bottom than anything else. and san antonio is a whole other beast entirely; some of it’s of how religious the whole area is (sa is like…super fucking catholic) and its (long, weird) history, and the fact that it’s a cityfull of ghosts and strange devotion and it’s something covered in ivy with gray clouds and crumbling missions and whistling winds and the kind of heavy, oppressive heat that you only find in a city that’s essentially situated at the bottom of a large, dark pit.