Kelly L. Adams is an associate professor and teaches painting and drawing at East Carolina University School of Art and Design in Greenville, North Carolina.
“I seek to expose myself to remote places, to experience the essential pattern and energies of a place. Natural features are indicative of processes, systems, and the way in which elemental forces interact, influence, sustain and degrade. Our influence on landforms parallels our collective psyche. “Place” exposes our worldview. Those who venerate or mold land express latent belief that becomes autobiographic – a reflection of their values. Our beliefs, or lack thereof, shape how the land is perceived, managed, or exploited. Any terrain remains as a vestige of the extremes of human reverence, sentiment, or indifference to the environment. Images play an instrumental role in the evolution of self and society. I aim to cultivate an understanding of the innate value of these environments by emphasizing the imperative that environmental vitality plays in human existence.”