Kim Stringfellow
Kim Stringfellow

Kim Stringfellow is an artist and educator residing in Joshua Tree, California. She teaches multimedia and photography courses at San Diego State University as an associate professor in the School of Art + Design. She received her MFA in Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. She is the 2012 recipient of the Theo Westenberger for Artistic Excellence Award.

Her transmedia projects bridge cultural geography and environmental concerns using a variety of documentary approaches and media. Her research interests investigate the cultural landscape and history of place, often addressing the repercussions of human interaction and occupation within these landscapes. Through rigorous research focused on a particular subject, community or region she fosters a discussion of complex, interrelated issues for each site. Within her research, she attempts to expose human values and political agendas that form our collective understanding of these places. Ultimately, her projects are designed to create awareness, educate, and create a rich dialogue in relation to the subject at hand.

Q&A

LOCATION: Joshua Tree, CA

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: JTNP and Pappy & Harriets’ in Pioneertown

FAVORITE WRITERS: Rebecca Solnit, Lucy Lippard, Mike Davis, J.B. Jackson, Nelson Algren

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: Sam Shepard

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Anyone in a vodka ad

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Paris, Texas and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (Bob Dylan’s original soundtrack and Claire Diterzi remake from Requiem for Billy the Kid)

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: The Morongo Basin community has an exception off-beat artist community and some really great local musicians. I like the fact that Joshua Tree is small enough to actually participate directly in civic and community affairs. We also have our own regional aesthetic—a rustic bohemia informed by sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyles, Gram Parsons “Cosmic American Music, and the natural beauty of the surrounding High Desert region.

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Right now I’m mainly interested in getting my audience into the field and out of the white box of the museum to experience first-hand my hybrid documentary projects. Currently I am mostly focused on self-guided car audio tours and locative technologies to disseminate the content I produce. Next step is to get them out of the car and walking instead…

Recent Articles
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Four decades ago Marta Becket transformed Death Valley Junction's decaying community meeting hall into a vibrant muraled theater. Since then, many have traveled to the Amargosa Opera House to catch a glimpse of Becket's desert legacy in art, music and dance.
Holes in the Desert: A Mojave Crime Compendium
Holes in the Desert: A Mojave Crime Compendium
From makeshift meth labs to the Manson Family, view a history of criminal activities in the Mojave Desert.
Mojave Project: Devils Hole Simulacra
Mojave Project: Devils Hole Simulacra
A cultural history of conservationist efforts to save the Devils Hole pupfish along with the endemic species of the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Mojave Project: Divining Devils Hole
Mojave Project: Divining Devils Hole
The depth of Devils Hole, a fossil water portal into an ancient aquifer in Nye County, Nevada is still not known. The geothermal abyss is home to the endangered Devils Hole pupfish -- the rarest known pupfish in the world.
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
Gopherus Agassizii: A Cultural History of Tortoises
The desert tortoise, the state reptile for both Nevada and California, truly embodies the physicality and timelessness of the Mojave Desert but is also most negatively affected by our own human presence herein.
The Mojave Project: John C. Van Dyke and the Desert Wasteland
The Mojave Project: John C. Van Dyke and the Desert Wasteland
Although collective attitudes towards arid landscapes have changed drastically over time, the concept of desert as wasteland continues to persist.
Packrats and Possum Trot: Artists and Collectors of the Desert
Packrats and Possum Trot: Artists and Collectors of the Desert
A closer look at the collection habits of humans and other species suggests that we are all purveyors and taxonomists of discarded refuse, inorganic or otherwise.
Gem-O-Rama: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part II
Gem-O-Rama: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part II
The Mojave Project explores the eclectic desert communities of the Mojave Desert.
The Mojave Project: Rockhounding 101
The Mojave Project: Rockhounding 101
Rockhounding reached its height of popularity during the 1950s/60s. David Eyre, owner of Desert Discoveries in Boron, California is leading today's amateur geology resurgence.
The Mojave Project: Reimagining the Amargosa
The Mojave Project: Reimagining the Amargosa
Susan Sorrells' creative vision helped reinvent Shoshone, California from a fading mining town into a thriving desert ecotourism destination.
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