Artist Statement

Night Driving in Southern California is a project about how car culture manifests at night.

I started a new job where I began commuting at night and immediately noticed a marked difference in how I interpreted my surroundings. The surface street landmarks of intersections, stoplights, school crossings, gas stations and freeways transformed from utilitarian to spaces that could be observed from an idling car at a stoplight.

At night, the traffic-competitive streets slow down. There are fewer cars on the road and the drivers are more casual in getting from here to there. In Night Driving, I am creating images that suggest a narrative about how drivers negotiate the quieter spaces that early evening and night allow.

Rachell Eve Frazian, July 2016.