The Encroaching Tangle

By  |  September 8, 2016
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Artist: Ashleigh Coleman

Project: A Cloud of Witness

Description: In January 2016, the Mississippi River flooded the disincorporated town of Rodney, Mississippi. Rodney, once so successful it was nearly named the state’s capitol, is now dismissed as a ghost town. For Ashleigh Coleman, the eerie, regal church buildings, ever out of place among the encroaching tangle of vines and tress, seemed alien once touched by the muddy floodwaters. Hebrews 12:1 reads: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.” Coleman's project, A Cloud of Witness, asks how much pain has this land born witness to? What scars—and what joys—do these buildings still hold?


Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ashleigh Coleman was born in the mountains of Virginia. Since 2010, she has lived in rural Mississippi, where she photographs life through the lens of the Hasselblad she inherited from her husband’s uncle. View more of her work in our Fall 2016 issue, on her website, or follow her on Instagram @ashleighcoleman.