+KRIS GRAVES PROJECTS is proud to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of photographic artist Jo Ann Walters’ series Vanity + Consolation.
Jo Ann Walters has been practicing photography since the early 1980’s. This selection of exquisite color photographic portraits from Walters’ series Vanity + Consolation were made between 1985 and the present. She has been described by seminal photographer William Eggleston as “one of the few independently original photographers working in color today.” These original color prints have never been exhibited in New York.
Walters uses her small blue-collar hometown, Alton, Illinois, as her continuing inspiration. Approaching her subjects through the eyes of an insider with all of the ambiguities and contradictions this implies. Walters observes the intimate moments of the women, girls, children, and families pictured within the confines of the domestic space, Walters examines the complexities and forcefulness of inner life.
“...Here are childhood’s intimations as well as adult recollection; here is a finely chiseled, technically and beautiful piece of art; a pensive, searing, almost sacred meditation on the ordinary.” -Dr. Laura Wexler, Yale University
Jo Ann Walters is a Guggenheim Fellow with work in collections around the world including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, St. Louis Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Biblioteque Nationale, and the Center for Fine Photography, Bombay, India among others. She is currently the Head of the Photography Board of Study at Purchase College, The State University of New York.