Kelly Kristin Jones
Kelly Kristin Jones is an Atlanta-based fine art photographer who earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In May, she completed a Post-MFA Faculty Fellowship at the University of Georgia. She is currently a MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist and is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the James Weinstein Memorial Fellowship (2012), The Union League and Civic Arts Foundation Prize (2011, 2012) and the Municipal Art League Fellowship (2012). Jones is also the creator of MFA for sale (www.mfaforsale.bigcartel.com), an online gallery project featuring the work of current and recently graduated MFA students.
Standing in line at the grocery, I grab at fashion magazines lining the aisle and will myself not to become impatient with the slow-moving line. Not long ago, for the first time, I actually saw the women featured in these magazines; their manufactured and manipulated coloring stood out in a way that I have never noticed before.
Sampling from the advertisements and content of popular “women’s interest” magazines, I build collages of the skin of female bodies. Magazine cuttings are taken from the “true” shade offered in the photograph (extreme shadows and highlights are avoided). The size of the clipping corresponds to the size of the body (or body part) pictured.
Part paper surgeon, part beauty ethnographer, I am trying to find another way to interact with these fantasy women. To force an acknowledgement of what we have been doomed to look to as ideal for far too long. Out of context these skinnings offer a new perspective on who is included and what is deemed beautiful.