“I photograph my family."
“’Flat Granny’ began as a life-sized cardboard cutout of my grandmother made from the photographs I took of her while she was alive. To reanimate her still image, I turned ‘Flat Granny’ into a costume. ‘Flat Granny and Me’ is an ongoing series of performances that take place within constructed environments shaped by early cinematic devices and the colliding ‘mindscapes’ of my family’s stories. ‘A Procession in My Mind’ reimagines the parade route my grandmother took as Enterprise, Alabama's 1968 Woman of the Year - inviting the viewer to step inside the photograph, inside the story, not knowing fully what has happened or what might happen next.”
Stephen Smith Fine Art congratulates Jenny Fine and Celestia Morgan on the inclusion of their work in the exhibition, Contemporary Alabama Photography at the Mobile Museum of Art through August 27, 2017. The exhibition is curated by Richard McCabe, photography curator of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is part of the Alabama Bicentennial celebration of statehood. Celestia Morgan's series Passage will be featured at Stephen Smith Fine Art later this year.
As part of Jenny Fine's class, "The Collective Narrative", UAB students will create a series of collaborative installations on the second floor of Stephen Smith Fine Art. The installations have been chosen by gallery director, Paul Barrett, for their ability to respond to the history of the Fairfield community, the gallery building's original use as a silent movie theater, and the students' exploration of creative storytelling through material, process and form. The chosen projects involve projections, constructed environments, and sculptural forms, and will be on view during Fine's exhibition in April, 2017.