City of Angels is an addition to a larger body of interdisciplinary works meant to document my experience of Los Angeles and comment on the culture(s) I have not only witnessed but internalized. Born and raised in Arkansas, it could definitely be said that the city of LA presented me with quite a bit of culture shock. This was my first time seeing people live such indulgent—yet entirely self-serving—lifestyles. Until moving here in 2018, my experience of the world was confined to the bounds of the hospitable south. Thinking I’d be elated to leave southern conservatism in exchange for an environment of progressive thought and creativity, to say I was met with a harsh reality check would be an understatement.
Yes. The weather may be nice, but look at the smog.