Artifacts of industry remain scattered throughout the American rustbelt. A region built and reliant upon manufacturing, destined to fail when companies found themselves in jeopardy. Jobs came and went, businesses folded. What remains in their place are vacant factories, warehouses, and the workforce itself. This area of the country is where my life began and where I have found myself once again. Growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, part of a family that endured this cycle of ups and downs, I have a certain familiarity and fondness for this post-industrial landscape and its inherent struggles. "Hit the Lights on Your Way Out" is an examination of the volatile relationship between a region and the industry that supports it. The objects in this body of work investigate aspects of ritual, loyalty, and value – and the speed at which those things begin to lose meaning.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Wood sculpture--Themes, motives; Mixed media sculpture--Themes, motives; Furniture design; Deindustrialization--Lake States--Pictorial works
Furniture Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CAD)
Zimmerman, Ryan, "Hit the Lights on Your Way Out" (2021). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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