SCOTT BETZ Cont'd
inspired by Betzs research examining three births in
1926 that connect North Carolina to Michigan. In 1926, John Coltrane
was born near Winston-Salem. The same year Jessie Hays sent Pete
Sadler from Winston-Salem to Detroit to buy a bus. This purchase
became the genesis for the first African-American owned transportation
company in the U.S., the Safe Bus Company (later developed into
the Winston-Salem Transit Authority). In addition, 1926 is also
the year that the Union Train Station was built in Winston-Salem.
This station still stands and is located across the street from
Winston-Salem State University where Betz is employed. Betz fuses
these histories and facts and poetically loads them into JEMAs
space and website for travel and contemplation.
Whether it is viewed
as romanticized adventure or intellectual challenge, the process
of placing oneself in unfamiliar territory and repeatedly asking
and answering the same question, How can I best operate
in this system? is a constant strategy in my studio production.
I am a seeker of harmony (or control freak) and here the trip
is the destination, the path is unmapped, the vehicle is the
monkey wrench and I design the postcards.