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About Tiffany

Baltimore City

Tiffany Jones is a visual artist and has received her BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Jones' art practice often employs interactive types of data collection including interviews and surveys, in order to engage participants. Versatile and varied, Jones’ work is always influenced by history, current events, and societal assumptions. This practice grounded her community work as an artist. Her passion for community art and motivation for engagement grew with her involvement... more

Tiffany Jones's portfolio

Untitled (Greatest City)

This project serves as a starting point of raising questions and awareness about the problems that continue to plague the black community; poverty, drugs, and violence. How are these issues affecting children within this community, and can conversation eventually lead to action and/or change.

By incorporating statistical information along with responses from a 4th grade class in the Baltimore City school system, and photography I open the topic for discussion about accountability, responsibility, and the possibilities for solutions. I look at these "Greatest City in America" benches photographed as a conversation piece; a window into the other side of what is really considered to be the greatest.

New images released 2013/4

BLACK, 2012

Colored, Negro, Black, African American…

The black community has a long history of trying to define themselves with a label that showed a sense of pride and self-esteem. Through our history the community constantly debated what the labels meant and how they defined us. Leaders such as WEB DuBois and Booker T Washington, initiated movements to establish what it meant to be Negro as opposed to Colored, and groups such as the Black Panthers used Black as a means to instill a progressive movement within a community that was lacking an indigenous identity. To fill this void many moved to identify us as African-American, thinking this would give us some cultural integrity. Even still, others felt the term African-American was too inclusive, since Africa is made up of many cultures, and not all can trace their roots back to Africa. So, through these changes and years of history, have these labels helped us get any closer to understanding our social definition in America?

The series, BLACK, begins to examine the deconstruction of these labels and the meaning of being black in America today. Pairing appropriated images from the Civil Rights Movement with self-portraits, I begin a journey of not only self-discovery, but of communal discovery. Addressing, What it means to be BLACK in America today?, we can begin to remember those before us who were determined to define themselves within a global perspective as American.

New images released 2013/4

CONGREGATE - An Ardent Vestige

During slavery, we were misled, and denied faith, we found empowerment through faith creating our own “invisible institutions.” With a strong belief, that all are equal in the sight of God, slaves gathered in hidden areas; in the woods usually around a tree or stump, gullies, and ravines to worship, thus creating hush harbors. Church was the embodiment of its people, and hush harbors were safe havens for expression of redemption, rescue, and salvation through clapping, dancing, chanted sermons, and root work. Generally our faith is an understanding, trust, and belief that one’s God will guide, support, and love unconditionally, and by doing so we understand our purpose and learn to trust the Creator. It is through this history of my ancestors, my faith gives me peace.

Situated on the corner of East Lanvale and Guilford Ave, also known as Pastor Felton Williams Way, I learned of a congregation formulated from the Baptist traditions and guided by the Articles of Faith. As I learned on “any given Sunday,” sitting in the pews amongst its members, New Second Missionary Baptist was more than a church; they are a family, a community. Descendants of those who once sang spirituals to communicate messages about secret gatherings for worship or directions for escape, use gospel to inspire and uplift those who walk through their doors. Altar prayers are formed by a circle of holding hands together as one, praying as one, like the ring shout rituals of the past that comprised of counterclockwise singing and praying near and around the altar.

An Ardent Vestige, is an expressive installation that pairs remnants of history together with photographs and sound in order to create an understanding of faith and tradition. Words of faith from New Second’s congregation hang delicately from tree branches surrounding a tree stump, which was once known as our pulpit. The voice of American poet, Maya Angelou, plays as she recites her poem, On the Pulse of Morning, a poem which reflects on the past in order to help us gain perspective of our journey ahead as a unified body of individuals, a larger community.

Ordinary Beauty

For women, the standards of beauty have been limited to the conditions set by society, shaped by stereotypes. Defined, beauty is the combination of qualities that pleases the senses, especially sight.
I am intrigued by the primal beauty of trees and their simple existence of being, maintaining a peace when all is unseen.

During the process of selecting fall leaves, my perspective began transforming nature's beauty into the standards we women have become accustomed to; shape, size, texture, color.

Using these fallen leaves to create a self portrait and dress, the idea of beauty, according to society's standards, is challenged while trying to conserve the beauty of the leaves.

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