West County

West County is a glimpse of post-adolescent relations in the community in which [Talia] grew up. Family and friends in the small northern California town of Guerneville make for images that are a repose from the urban. Herman’s interest is light and color, expression and form, which she finds in tangled tree limbs, the skin of her oft-nude acquaintances or the plumes of smoke rising from their spliffs. Her attention to beauty and nature remind us that we are seeing these intimate moments through the eyes of a native, yet Herman is pragmatic in her self-examination. We can see things here for what they are – bucolic bliss as backdrop to existential malaise.

-Rian Dundon

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