research and personal work

It is the spirit of the mountaineer living in the hollers that motivates and interests me. The visual representation of this culture has rarely been made from the inside. I don’t deny, nor do I see poverty as a focus in my work; once that “poverty” filter is removed, a different world emerges. The culture is multi-layered in expressing the fullness of life. Mountain people are more accepting of diverse representations of themselves than the viewer might imagine because they know themselves and are spiritually self-assured.

Shelby Lee Adams

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