Christina McField is from Jackson, however she’s a rustic woman by and by. Her mom is from Philadelphia, Miss., the place she spent lots of her time as a baby. She grew up with antiques in the home and her mother sharing the historical past of items handed down from technology to technology.
Her first interactions with artwork began along with her mom’s hair salon when Christina was a baby. Surrounded by flat irons and hair spray, she would draw treehouses and folks’s names with little rainbows over them. They would additionally promote bracelets she made, she stated.
“I remember wanting to go to summer camps for art … but my summer camp was that hair salon. I was supposed to be at the hair salon taking in everything that I saw, the conversations that were had or the people coming through selling DVDs and bootleg stuff. That type of stuff inspired me,” McField stated.
Her mom, Hiweda Jones, impressed her and her dad inspired her, instilling in her a hustle to go after what she needed. It all culminated into “Where Time Stands Still,” her newest exhibition, which Sipp Culture’s Rural Performance/Production Lab helps.
The Rural Performance and Production Lab’s objective is to help the event of recent works centered on rural residing, historical past, locations and our bodies. Artists will obtain direct funding or a configuration of an on-site residency, teaching and help from a crew of advisers over an 18-month interval. The program helps artists residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.
“We found that our RPPL residency program is best positioned to support artists transitioning from one place in their career trajectory into another self-defined place,” Sipp Culture Artistic Director Carlton Turner acknowledged in a press launch on Sept. 7.
For the 2021-2022 season, Sipp Culture introduced the 11 artists who will obtain help from this system, with two of the 11 artists from the Magnolia State: Christina McField and Annette Hollowell, the latter of whom with the assistance of her associate Free Feral (they/them).
“We are in a time that calls for change, both structural and intentional. Artists are built to adapt. Our residency program is designed to aid in that transition,” Turner added.
‘Objects People Leave Behind’
McField’s “Where Time Stands Still” continues to be evolving, she stated. It’s a undertaking born out of her love for outdated issues and nature, a love that began when she was a baby travelling again and forth between Jackson and Philadelphia, Miss.
“I was subconsciously going to old abandoned houses, just photographing them because I loved them, (and) I used to see old abandoned houses, old signs and different things on the road to Philadelphia, Mississippi,” McField instructed the Mississippi Free Press.
“I just feel like there’s beauty in those structures, in those objects that people leave behind. They tell a story, and my focus is to bring a eulogy for the lost ways of life and to capture the visceral experience of walking into that place,” she added.
With help from Sipp Culture, McField stated she is hoping to discover extra of her sculpture work, which she acquired her BFA in from Mississippi State University in 2016.
“I want to bring in some of the salvaged wood, the peeling paint and left-behind things into my sculpture work to now tell the story. So I’m excited to just expand on what I’ve already built,” the artist stated.
So far, McField has photographed growing old buildings throughout Mississippi in Utica, Starkville, Brookhaven, Jackson, Philadelphia, Clarksdale, Yazoo and Pickens, however her objective is to journey and seize buildings in extra locations throughout the state.
She stated taking images of those homes is a approach for her to attach again to the land. Nature is necessary to her, and she spends lots of time in it because it helps her connect with her non secular aspect. She loves being outdoors, fishing, kayaking or strolling barefoot.
With the buildings she images, McField appreciates how mom nature appears to eat them. It permits her to fantasize about who lived in these properties, she stated.
“I go to these abandoned spots, but it’s like, I’m more drawn to them in the summertime or spring when the vines (and) everything is green, like I’m attracted to foliage,” McField stated. “I’m trying to get out of that. Fall and winter is coming up, so I kind of want to challenge myself to take pictures when everything’s dead and see how that looks.”
McField stated she got here to a revelation that the work helps her uncover one thing new about herself that she needs to share with different folks. It’s not about her, she stated.
“Nature’s all about spirit,” the photographer stated. “It shows up in the work, and now it’s like, I get it. I get right why I picked that picture. Nature’s amazing, and it always wins. We’re always going against nature, but nature will always win.”
With this being her first residency, McField stated what’s most enjoyable about working with Sipp Culture is that they offer assets and they put no restraints on her creatively. When she visits their workplaces in Utica, she looks like she’s at dwelling and a part of their household, she stated.
“I can come for three weeks and stay there, or I can stay a month, whatever I need to be able to pull out the work that I need to create. I’m excited to hopefully talk to the community there in Utica and talk with some of the families about the houses that they live in or come in their house and see things that they collected or passed down from their family,” the photographer stated.
This sort of surroundings is one which she needs to offer for artists right here in Jackson by her enterprise, Woodgrain Studios. She provides consults in artwork administration, curating, artist commercial, programming and exhibition design.
“I want to create a space for Black artists, where they can come and enjoy good music, enjoy art and just hang out. We can talk and critique our work or get to know each other. I feel like that space is so needed here and we’re all looking for that,” the artist stated.
“Being an artist from Mississippi is a gift and to be influenced by the nature, land and histories that make up the state is a powerful thing,” McField added. “We as Mississippians have so much richness here that the world will never understand. I’m proud to live my truth and create work that pushes the progressive art movement forward.”
The Legacy of FoxFire Ranch
Albert Hollowell, Annette Hollowell’s grandfather, filed a written intention to buy 80 acres of land in Waterford, Miss., in 1918, a small city situated between Holly Springs and Oxford. He bought the land a 12 months later, the identical 12 months her grandmother was born.
He was an older man when he met and married her grandmother, Annette recalled. Albert handed away when her father was 9 years outdated and the household moved to Holly Springs.
“(My grandmother) passed away in 2019. She made it a hundred years, so she has been with us as long as this land has,” Hollowell instructed the Mississippi Free Press. “When her husband had passed away, the land went to her and then all of their children. My dad and his brothers and sisters, six of them in total, had a child share of the land.”
Hollowell’s aunts and uncles finally left Mississippi in the ’60s and ’70s, migrating to Cleveland, Ohio, whereas her father entered the army. He and her mom travelled, however all the time felt the pull to come back again dwelling. “In the ’90s, my dad said that he had a dream where his father came to him, spoke very clearly and told him to get the land,” she stated.
Her dad and mom would find yourself shopping for her aunts and uncles out of their shares, then retiring and returning to the land in 2000, which is now referred to as FoxFire Ranch. In 2008, the household turned their land right into a communal area for occasions and leisure.
The title derives from a glowing, bioluminescent fungus discovered all through the foothills of the Appalachia hint. Her mother recommended they title the property Hollowell Ranch, however her father was adamant that he didn’t wish to title the land after himself, she stated.
“When he was a little boy, his brothers were older, and they would go coon hunting at night,” Hollowell defined. “They would go out at night, and they’d come back home and talk about this glowing bioluminescent fungus that they see out in the woods along creek beds and rotten tree stumps.”
Hollowell has been working as an legal professional in Mississippi for greater than 20 years. But in 2018, she heeded the decision of her household land and started exploring Black legacy, inheritance and land possession in what’s now referred to as “We Are The Promised Land,” a undertaking that Sipp Culture’s Rural Performance Production Lab helps.
“We Are The Promised Land” is a multimedia examination of Black inheritance by Mississippi’s Hill Country. Audiences will observe Annette as she takes stewardship of her household land, questions regional and household legacy and appears at what it means to present our ancestors the afterlife they deserve.
“There is something when a piece of land and a responsibility to land and legacy calls to you and what it looks like to stop doing the things you know you could do and start doing the things you know you must do,” Hollowell stated.
‘Black Inheritance and Legacy’
Hollowell and her associate, Free Feral (they/them), have been engaged on “We Are The Promised Land” for 3 and half years. A good friend launched Feral and Hollowell in March 2018, and Feral simply so occurred to be searching for a documentary undertaking about Black households and Black inheritance, Feral instructed the Mississippi Free Press.
“The premise for this project or the question that we started exploring in the beginning was our lives as being an afterlife for our ancestors,” they stated. “It’s kind of a concept that like we have inherited so much from them, but then also that we have inherited them. They are within us.”
The idea of inheritance has completely different aspects. Inheritance might embrace the fabric in phrases of land and objects, however then there may be additionally non secular and emotional inheritance. Part of exploring that emotional inheritance is interrogating the practices, concepts or feelings which might be dangerous to us, our ancestors, our household dynamics, and reconfiguring these issues into one thing we wish to deliberately move ahead, Feral defined.
“What are we obligated to do with that inheritance? What is our responsibility with that? What can we do with the knowledge that we have of who they were to give them the best possible afterlife?” Free posited.
Free Feral is initially from California, however has been residing in the South for greater than 10 years. They have household ties to the area, with their father being from Texas and grandmother’s aspect of the household hailing from Lafayette, La.. Following Annette and her household has piqued Free’s curiosity in wanting into their household, they instructed the Mississippi Free Press.
“It’s such a privilege to get to witness a family piecing through their history and their present to try to create a desirable future,” Feral stated. “And to see them working together to do it, even though it can be hard and they don’t agree on everything. I feel so thankful that I have been here to witness it, and I’m excited to see what else comes.”
Hollowell stated that in fascinated about legacies and inheritances, it’s about selecting up the place her ancestors left off and persevering with that work.
“What will be the legacy of this investment that my parents are making, that I’m making in the land? What will that look like in a hundred years? What will that look like for my great-grandchildren? For me, that’s legacy,” she added.
‘The Promised Land’
This undertaking has additionally induced Hollowell to consider what could be healed by her interplay with the land and how that’s completely different to how her grandparents and great-grandparents associated to the land, she stated.
“I think about the fact that my grandfather passed away when my father was 9 years old. This is not someone I ever had the opportunity to meet. I’ve heard a few stories, and I’ve seen a couple of pictures, but it’s him that I hear most clearly in this journey,” Hollowell stated.
To take the inspiration that her ancestors have constructed for her and preserve that basis is how she needs to honor them and give them the afterlife they deserve. Even if she’s unclear what the long run holds for her household’s land, it makes no distinction, she stated.
“My parents have done their share in building out the infrastructure that exists now. My role is to maintain that infrastructure, to add to that infrastructure and to expand the networks of people that know of this as a resource for lovers of justice, for artists, for organizers and people in the South,” she stated.
Hollowell stated the promised land for Black folks means having autonomous areas, the place individuals are in a position to be free, really feel secure and have all the pieces they want.
“It looks like beautiful, healthy land spaces wherever we are, that we have places that we can go to. We have places for sanctuary. That we have spaces where people can rest, where people can build, where people can strategize, where people can bring their whole families, their whole selves,” Hollowell stated.
She describes being an artist from Mississippi as a collective communicable id. It means bringing folks with you and doing the work to mirror the occasions we stay in.
“I think being an artist from Mississippi provides a particular responsibility to hold that history, hold those narratives and hold the realities of where we come from and also still hold a hopefulness and a trust in where we come from,” she added.
Visit Christina McField’s web site at christinamcfield.com, FoxFire Ranch on Facebook and Sipp Culture at sippculture.org.