Can we, through visual and tactile articulation, arrive at a mutable, mutual understanding of things that feel impossible to explain with words? In seeking a potential for intimacy within visceral accord, I make space to elicit our perceptions of physical and affective weight and levity, movement and stasis.
My former partner died in early 2015. In grasping at memories of him, I’ve been photographing the places we shared and sifting the resulting images, my time-altered re-presentations, through multiple containers as meditation and mediation. The consequent balance of eclipsing and divulging both protects the source images and pushes ajar a new window of access.
A year's worth of personal iPhone photos are translated onto temporary tattoo paper and adhered to my body. They stretch with my movement and, when I pick at their edges and peel them from myself, they retain the imprint of my skin. The resulting objects, at once reproducible and original, themselves become skins. Their photographic content is rendered less legible through translucence and volume as they are suspended together in rhizomatic constellations to be navigated.
Pillows, imprinted with images or text, weighted full of sand or inflated by my breath, are unable to provide the comfort they promise.
A 4x5 slide hovers in an elongated frame, awaiting illumination by a single light source that throws a blurry ghost image onto the wall beyond it. Swelling or shrinking as it’s moved along its hinged path, the projection does not resolve until the frame is just shy of contact with the wall.
Pictures, not obfuscated by these material transformations, perhaps still nod to some unspeakable loss that's happened out of the corner of our eyes.
In Memory and Place: A Phenomenology of the Uncanny, Dylan Trigg suggests that “The refusal of the past to slip into oblivion is possible only on account of the tremendous intelligibility of the body.” When we revisit a memory, each instance of remembering is a new entity of bodily experience, a reenactment removed from the original which nonetheless reclaims that past moment with renewed salience in the present. All of these “re-s,” futile attempts at an “again” we cannot quite possess.
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2018 MFA, University of New Mexico
2014 BFA, Specializing in Photography, University of South Florida (Summa Cum Laude)
BA, Psychology, University of South Florida (Summa Cum Laude)
2017 SITE Santa Fe Scholar 2017 Society for Photographic Education National Student Award for Innovations in Imaging 2016 Society for Photographic Education Southwest Regional Graduate Travel Award 2016 Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Brooks Scholarship for Summer Workshop Tuition 2014 King O’Neal Scholar Award for 4.0 GPA throughout degrees
2014 USF School of Art and Art History Undergraduate Scholarship, Summer 2014 and Fall 2014
2014 CoTA Memorial Scholarship Award, Juror Kalup Linzy
2014 Honorable Mention, Femme Fantasy, Juror Leslie Neumann, Soft Water Studios, St.Petersburg, FL
2014 Photographer’s Forum 34th Annual College and High School Photography ContestFinalist
2013 SPESE Shutter 2013 winner
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 After the Circus: Tamarind Collaborative Exhibition, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM 2017 23rd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, Juror Candice Hopkins, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM 2017 I Swear I Saw This, Three-person show with Amy Johnson and Ariel Wilson, Curated by Lara Goldmann, CFA Downtown Studio, Albuquerque, NM 2017 Deliberate Acts: SITE Scholar Exhibition, Form and Concept Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2016 Someone to Ride the River With, Student-Organized Traveling Southwest Graduate Exhibition at ASU, UofA, and UNM 2016 Outer Local, Invited by Curators SCUBA Collective for the Santa Fe Art Project, David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, NM 2016 Dispatch, Art.i.fact Gallery, Santa Fe, NM and Trolley Barn Gallery, Las Vegas, NM 2016 Verge: Shaping the Photograph, Invited by Curators David Campbell and Teena Lee Ryan, John Sommers Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 2016 Capisci?, Invited by Jess Peri, 5G Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 2016 What is There That We Cannot See: 22nd Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition, Juror Courtney Fink, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM 2015 Insta Art Show, Greenwood Arts Center, Greenwood, SC 2015 At First Sight, CFA Downtown Studio, Albuquerque, NM 2014 Portraits 2015, Juror Debra Klomp Ching, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
2014 Questionable Intentions: USF BFA Thesis Exhibition, The Lock Box, Tampa, FL 2014 CAROUSEL no.4, (Presenting and Discussing Work) Kress Building, Tampa, FL 2014 A Call to Artists, A Juried Show, Juror Richard Olinger, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL 2014 Environment vs. Humans, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL
2014 Photography Forever, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL 2014 Backbone, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL
2014 Finding the Light, Juror Don Ross, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2014 FIXATIONS, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL
2014 USF School of Art and Art History 38th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Juror Kalup Linzy, Tampa, FL 2014 CONVERGE, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL 2013 USF School of Art and Art History 37th Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Juror Mernet Larsen, Tampa, FL 2013 EXPOSED, Centre Gallery, Tampa, FL
2013 Transformations: The Ordinary Made Extraordinary, Juror Ellen Jantzen, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2014 Modicum, William and Nancy Oliver Gallery, Tampa, FL
2015 The LENSCRATCH States Project: Florida, Interview by Jeremy Chandler for Lenscratch.com http://lenscratch.com/2015/08/kristen-roles-the-states-project-florida/ 2014 “Not Your Parents’ Slideshow: Carousel No.4,” Interview and article by Megan Voeller, featured in Creative Loafing Magazine http://cltampa.com/artbreaker/archives/2014/10/30/not-your-parents-slideshow-carousel-no-4#.VuwxSJMrLwc 2014 “The Art of Life,” Intrinsic Magazine
2014 Photographer’s Forum Best of College and High School Photography 2014
2013 Shutter 2013, in conjunction with SPE Southeast, Curator Brie Castell
2017 Resident: CON/TEXT, through The School of Making Thinking, Middlesex, NY (summer 2017) Instructor of Record, Visualizing Ideas, University of New Mexico
2016 Instructor of Record, Introduction to Photography, University of New Mexico
2016 Juror: New Mexico Veterans Creative Arts Festival
2014 President, The Focus Group, USF Pre-Professional Artists working in Lens-based Media USF Art and Art History in Paris and London (Study Abroad)
2013-present Member, Society for Photographic Education