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Nick Roudebush
University of Notre Dame
Faculty Sponsors: Austin Collins and Bill Kremer

The Fence Line
wood fired ceramic, reclaimed fence posts, concrete casting of hole dug into clay
dimensions variable

Artist Statement

Though the image of the heroic American agrarian has been obscured by an industrial model, the “human interface”—and the implied connection to the land—remains an icon, along with pastoral vistas, vernacular architecture, and the family farm. The Fence Line offers a reminder of a basic, necessary human condition. Absence and presence, material and process, history and site, boundary and transition, and interaction and perspective expand the vocabulary of agrarian art, turning an elegy for the heroic agrarian into an allegory for our times.