Commemoration uses the established genre of commemorative porcelain plates to comment on both the physical and social changes that come from the alteration of land and the historical uses of that land. The typical pastoral images depicted on such plates have been updated to portray the true current situation. Commemoration reminds us that the commodification of land is not only the commodification of nature, but of a common history and what is distinctive of an area. Selling this off to the highest bidder violates a community’s shared culture. These pieces focus on the development of rural Virginia and the evolution of independent small towns into cookie-cutter suburban conglomerations, but they speak to every unique region that is undergoing homogenization and whitewashing of the past.