SEE AMERICA – The Grand Tour, is a virtual road trip that explores the travel postcard. SEE AMERICA is an idealized fabricated road trip to 29 popular American travel destinations, where there are no crowds, no lines, no mosquitoes, and no searching for a place to eat as this trip was never taken.
29 travel destinations were plotted on a map. A course was set and the distance between the different points was calculated to determine mileage and travel time between the locations in order to determine a timeline and an estimated ‘length of stay’ at each place. A series of 29 postcards were created – one for each of the locations. The standard idealized postcard imagery has been replaced with text that prompts the viewer to form the same iconic images in their mind. A complete set of the postcards was sent following the timeline, to 50 people. Each card was hand addressed and mailed in an envelope to the postmaster at each travel destination, who then processed the individual cards with the destination postmark.
Susan Evans, born in 1966, did her undergraduate work at Goddard College in Vermont and received her MFA in Photography from Cornell University in upstate New York. Her work is represented by Ricco/Maresca Gallery in NYC and by the Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery in Denver. Evans’ work has been included in the Fresh Work II show at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Seven Point Perspective at The Denver Art Museum, and was one of the 10 Discoveries of Fotofest in 2000. Evans’ photographs are represented in the following collections: Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Houston; Collection Dancing Bear, George Meredith Collection and the David Tepitsky Collection. She was a resident at the Center for Photography at Woodstock in September 1999.