Using suburban middle America as source material, the new work of Aili Schmeltz continues her exploration of the interaction of architectural development and the natural environment. Materials such as shag carpet, vinyl, and  Styrofoam serve as emblems, snapshot memories of Schmeltz’s youth. These materials speak to the dualities inherent in the suburban landscape as hideous and seductive, kitsch and homey, humorous and heartbreaking. Her work explores the standardized and controlled attitude of human interaction towards nature, resulting in surreal landscapes. Her sculptures are a hybridization of modern American architecture and landscape.