Kathleen Tunnell Handel is engaged in a long term research based exploration of the affordable housing subculture of mobile home and manufactured housing communities. Her immersive project Where the Heart Is: Portraits from Vernacular American Trailer and Mobile Home Parks includes her photographic images from communities, to date, within Maine, California, New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, and Colorado, archived and presented in the taxonomy and typologies she is creating.
Tunnell Handel’s extensive research, conversations with park managers and residents, and collaboration with professionals working within the mobile home and manufactured housing “umbrella” ground her fine art aesthetic within the documentary tradition of social landscape photography.
Tunnell Handel’s studies in observational and systems based life sciences at Cornell University, in the visual arts and being awarded a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, to ongoing studies of photography, fine art printing, and bookmaking at locations including the ICP School and Maine Media and Santa Fe Workshops have all contributed to her deep interest in exploring visual culture and themes of memory, life systems, and the human experience.
She lives in NYC and photographs widely.