AN EXPLORATION OF THE PAST
Bomb shelters, ammunition storage bunkers, grass igloos, and high explosive factories: just a few components of the war effort that took place in the United States during both World War II and the Korean War. Due to unmanageable contamination and costly maintenance, many former ammunition factories were abandoned, and remain derelict and forgotten.
Located in LaPorte County, Indiana, the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant is only one of approximately seventy-three different plants constructed throughout the United States during this time period. Though many of the buildings once located on the some 13,000 acres no longer exist, photographer Kaitlyn Stancy has documented the plant’s remains.
In Kingsbury Ordnance Plant, Stancy presents a collection of unique photographs taken throughout this once-restricted area, and provides a rare glimpse into some of the operations executed at the plant. Through her thought-provoking images, Stancy brings light to this significant piece of seemingly forgotten history.
Born in Villa Park, Illinois in 1991, Kaitlyn Stancy was raised in St. John, Indiana. A young, emerging artist, she plans on graduating from Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana as a member of the class of 2015. Stancy is pursuing a double major in Fine Arts and Computer Science. Stancy has always enjoyed creating artwork using various media. Her most recent work consists of photography, digital design, silk screen printing, and ceramics. She enjoys exploring new techniques. Her interest in photography has been longstanding. Feeling the constant need to document her growing collection of artwork, as well as her travels and memories, Stancy gradually progressed into a documentary photographer. After shooting a sustained photography project on the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant in 2011, Stancy published the completed work in 2012. Her most recent work delves into the conceptual, as she shoots her next photography project, entitled Media’s Influence on Priority.