I use the camera to reclaim contested city space. Across the urban landscape power relations camouflaged as art are used instead to direct historical narrative. These monuments conceal state-sanctioned abuses of power.
Embodied myths at public sites have led me to the idea of "healing" or reclaiming such urban spaces. Though image-based, I use a variety of methods to address contested sites including digital manipulation of photographs, on-site intervention, three-dimensional sculptural works, and performance.
Often photographs of the location sans monument are installed on site to offer a new consideration of place. Sculptural interventions shown in gallery allow “rescued” visions of a place to stand without threat. Each photographic effort carries the scars, seams and digital residue of efforts to remove, reinterpret, and restore both landscape and narrative. The resulting photo-based works all serve as a polyvocal antidote to the master narrative.
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Kelly Kristin Jones is the recipient of a number of awards including the Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellows Project Grant (2016), the Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2015), the MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist Award (2013), the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2012), The Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize (2012) and the Municipal Art League Fellowship (2012). She is currently a Center Program Artist Resident at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, IL.