Created while working in remote areas along the Western slope of Colorado between 2012 and 2015, Kristine Potter builds on her previous investigations of masculinity and the American Soldier, here fixing her gaze on a parallel archetype, the American Cowboy. Uncovering a world far more formidable and disorienting than the canon of traditional western landscape photography had previously detailed, Potter encounters men who sparingly dot the terrain, seemingly both tethered to, and in divergence with, the myth that precedes them. Manifest does not act as a documentary, but rather as a re-coding of the western myth, the territory and its men, it is both fantasy and reality. Weaving body and landscape, the book lays open the seduction of the West, the opportunities it promises, the disorientation of altitude, and the confrontation of persistent danger. The publication features an afterword by Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa.
Kristine Potter is a photographer based in Nashville, TN. She earned both a BFA in Photography and a BA in Art History at the University of Georgia in 2000. From 2000-2003 Kristine lived and worked as a professional printer in Paris, France. In 2005 she earned her MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, whose work is routinely shown nationally and internationally, and belongs to numerous public and private collections. Manifest marks the artist’s debut monograph. Potter participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in July 2014, and her exhibition The Gray Line was on view in the Kathleen O. Ellis Gallery at Light Work in 2017.