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
Under the Green Moon with Paul Turounet
Under the Green Moon with Paul Turounet
Paul Turounet attempts to document first-hand the undocumented immigrant experience at the U.S.-Mexico border. He snaps pictures of migrants, and affixes their portraits on the border wall.
An Excursion Into LA's Mojave Hinterland at the CLUI Desert Research Station
An Excursion Into LA's Mojave Hinterland at the CLUI Desert Research Station
The Desert Research Station located in Hinkley, Calif. focuses on the California desert.
High Desert Research Outposts: The Joshua Tree Artist Residency Experience
High Desert Research Outposts: The Joshua Tree Artist Residency Experience
Columnist Kim Stringfellow examines the plethora of artist residency programs that have sprung up in and around the Morongo Basin.
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Breaking Bad with Jesse Wiedel
Step into the world of Jesse Wiedel and experience a wonderfully weird assortment of trailer trash, methamphetamine addicts, lot lizards, country music hacks, red necks, outlaw bikers, Vikings and more.
Jackrabbit Homestead: Artists, Off-Roaders, and the American Dream Writ Miniature
Jackrabbit Homestead: Artists, Off-Roaders, and the American Dream Writ Miniature
Ever see those old, abandoned cabins in the desert? If so, you encountered one of the last communities of "jackrabbit" homesteads.
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