“Happy Valley is the nickname for the town State College in Pennsylvania (US), the hometown of American-Irish artist Eva O’Leary (b. 1989). On the surface, it appears to be a tranquil and quiet place; the home of Penn State University and its popular football team, The Penn State Nittany Lions. It is a football town that was once an icon of white, middle class Americana, but is now best known for an international sex scandal. The artist left Happy Valley at the age of 18, but the place has continued to haunt her work since. At first sight, this work seems to be a crisp and colorful portrait of an American town and its inhabitants. However, the almost violent acuity of the images simultaneously evokes a deep sense of unease.”
1017 DS Amsterdam
Also published on Medium.