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Kelly Kristin Jones

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

As the Southern urban landscape continues to change, our relationship with it must be renegotiated. Using the camera as instigator, I work the edges of both the physical and psychological to mark space and name place. Even as Southern cities attempt to reinvent themselves, there remain vacant lots and barren spaces throughout. These “cleared” spaces are charged with emotion and carry great history.

Starting with the camera, I utilize various methods to map and re-vision Southern cities while illuminating empty urban green spaces. Diverse iterations and installations all tap into both the blight and optimism in Southern neighborhoods.

We are rediscovering our Southern US urbanscape as both a material space and a field of consciousness. By exploring the land that stands and bears witness, my visual investigations play a constitutive role in bringing new awareness to place.

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