Elinor Whidden

Dressed like a contemporary “traveler,” Elinor Whidden turns old cars into canoes, backpacks, snowshoes, trekking poles and other forms of transportation. Equipped with her vehicle parts, her adventures, while unusual and futile, articulate the problematic relationship she perceives between humans and the automobile. Whidden's work suggests that colonial attitudes from the era of the "conquest of the West" are still with us and reinforce the romantic quest for freedom represented by the road.