Professor of Design • Artist

Statement of Work

Statement of Work

My work deals with themes of ancestry and identity within the American South and the search for a homeplace. These locations include farmland in Middle and West Tennessee and Western Kentucky. The narratives include a mix of family stories and local legends. I work in a variety of media for my studies, but finished pieces are usually video or photography.

My narrative comes from family stories, compiled from memory and interviews, and the landscape and materials involved in these stories. I have studied feminist art, critical theory, the legends and culture of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians, the history of sharecropping in the American South, and theories concerning ancestral memory, genetic memory and communication. Influences across art and literature include Marian Bantjes, Fiona Tan, Bruce Nauman, Anselm Kiefer, Bill Viola, Michael Mallard, Ana Mendieta, Eileen Cowin, Eudora Welty, Edna St. Vincent Millay, my own dreams, wanderlust and the myth and culture of the American South.