Location:Hattiesburg, MS, United States
Gallery Representation:International Visions Gallery, Washington, DCOddfellows Gallery, Hattiesburg, MississippiOne Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya
Agencies:Panos Pictures, London
Schools Attended:University of Michigan School of Art
Photo Associations & Memberships:Society for Photographic Education (SPE)New Orleans Photo AllianceArt Photo Index, PhotoEye, Santa Fe, New MexicoWomen in Photography International
I never expected to be living in Mississippi. I grew up in rural Nebraska in a religious and conservative family, left for college and got exposed to the rest of the world by traveling around the world with my husband, then working as a photojournalist for eight years in Africa. Because of this I bring a singular perspective to my current photo project which documents the black and white experience in Mississippi , which is so intertwined, and keeps the South a unique region in our country.
I am still best known for my photographs taken in Africa where I lived and worked in Kenya from 1987 to 1995 and in Sierra Leone in 2008-09 while my husband was on a Fulbright scholarship. Now living in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and teaching at the University of Southern Mississippi I photograph in the South as well as Africa which I still consider my second home.
My photographs have been widely exhibited and collected around the world as well as being selected for many juried competitions. In 2011 I published my first award winning photobook I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb which captured a stunning, life-affirming portrait of the African people and culture.
The work has been recently featured in LensCulture, Silvershotz, SouthxSoutheast, Lenscratch, Rfotofolio, ACurator, Aint Bad, Eyes on the South Oxford American, John Wall’s Southern Photography and Women in Photography International.
I am represented by Panos Pictures, London; Photographic Image Group, Portland, Oregon; International Visions Gallery, Washington, DC; Fischer Galleries, Jackson, Mississippi, and One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya.
Recording "real life" in small communities throughout Mississippi with black-and-white film and cheap or old cameras — the resulting imperfections, the soft focus and light leaks serve as metaphors for how landscape, race and religion have played a part in the complicated history of Mississippi and still affect lives today.