Dots on a Line comes from a practice of mapping out the physical, social, and cultural histories of objects to gain a better understanding of their existence. In doing this we can find the many pathways that have converged to make an object what it is, and we are then able to reflect on and critique how those pathways and objects exist. This body of work showcases this by choosing one specific object to dissect; the 2004 Honda Civic I purchased second-hand from my grandfather.
The work is a fluid exploration of the Honda Civic as an intersection where many vast and varied pathways converge, mingle, and then diverge again. It focuses on both the phenomenon of pathways intersecting, and the global and personal pathways that have merged in order for it to exist as it is, painting a loose picture of how the mid-range family sedan exists in the U.S. today. Family, movement, the American relationship to the automobile, generational masculinity, heirlooms, and the global patterns defined by European colonialism can all be found in this picture, and are all pathways that have led to the Honda Civic and will continue to stem from it.
All photographs by Evelyn Ivy (@_evillian)