Born in the western united states, Stones’ existing realm of work functions to identify portals between her lived experience and embedded generational knowledge to reinforce histories adjacent to, and in the making of her own. She leads in this pursuit with prioritization for her relationship to the natural world, spirituality, stewardship and curiosity. These themes, present and affirmed in most of her endeavors, are often brought forth through the application of analog photography, collage, mending, piecing, object-finding, horticulture, and prayer. Being that they are mediums also once practiced by her ancestors, she considers her orientation to these visual and elemental practices as inheritances; and favors them as individual entities working willfully in partnership with one another toward a more complete expression of communion, connection and liberation.
Image: Shelby Stone, “Untitled(twelve)”, 2020-2021, cyanotype on canvas, 4’x3’