My piece, "Palmetto," a landscape-driven single-channel video piece, considers the tourist community of Myrtle Beach, SC. A Southerner myself, I am interested in how the region still visually nods to a painful and shameful past, often by commodifying and celebrating it. Using Myrtle Beach as my subject, I created a work that considers how we cover up and glorify our scars at once, tracing the distortion of the region’s landscape and history to a place where painful recognition of reality and uncanny alienation from reality coexist in the same space.