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.


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


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
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 suggest 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.
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
Experiments in Desert Utopic Living
A new found interest by artist groups has brought attention to bygone Mojave desert "utopias" Llano del Rio and Lanfair Valley.
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Land Speeding at El Mirage: Mojave Playa Interventions P.3
Since the 1920s, gearheads and hot rodders have flocked to the flat alkali playas of the western Mojave Desert, setting land speed records that continue to be pushed today.
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
The End of the World: Mojave Playa Interventions, Part I
Desert playas, considered to be the flattest naturally occurring geographic feature on Earth, offer unique physical features that continue to inspire the human imagination.
The King Clone Creosote
The King Clone Creosote
Considered to be among the planet's most ancient organisms, the King Clone Creosote may hold the key to understanding the desert and its secrets.
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
Reyner Banham Loves the Mojave
British architectural historian/critic Reyner Banham had a thing about deserts --specifically those of the American Southwest and, in particular, the Mojave Desert.
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