Sing Me Back Home
2018

The images in Sing Me Back Home were made on road trips across the United States between 2012-2018. I see the road trip both as an exploration of the external American landscape and as a way to explore an internal landscape through the use of text, image, and repeating themes.
The work in Sing Me Back Home uses the road trip as a means of searching and the exploration of the cultural and social perception of loneliness. But by the act of searching and exploring, ultimately nothing is resolved.
I thought about my work within the context of the history of the American road trip: a coming of age journey that is almost entirely male, particularly within the history of photography and literature. Where did I, a young woman making work about her internal landscape fit within this history?
The work straddles a line between sincere and ironic. I embarked on the project earnestly and as a way to catalogue and express the highs and lows of a heartbreak. As the project
developed, I became aware of the almost ubiquitous nature of my feelings; how they were not unique and how songs on the radio could precisely capture my feelings or amplify them. I leaned into the irony of isolating and creating my own world while simultaneously going out on the road to search for fulfillment.
Photograph of a rainbow on a wall from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of clouds during a sunset from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of a car windshield with a sunblocker of a map of the united states from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of blurry green trees as taken from a moving car from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of the courtyard of a Motel 6 with a picnic table from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of the sun shining between the clouds against a deep blue sky from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of a car console showing "Losing Game" on the radio from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of an abandoned playground from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess












One more song about moving along the highway
Can't say much of anything that's new
If I could only work this life out my way
I'd rather spend it being close to you

But you're so far away
Photograph of a pastel sunset from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of Stowe, Vermont from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of a victorian hair cutting on a vintage handkerchief from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of silhouetted people against a sunset from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of the word "fuck" written in the condensation of a window from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess












Everybody sees you're blown apart
Everybody sees the wind blow
Photograph of blurry streetlights from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of the console of a car that says "sing me back home" on the radio from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of two spanish paintings, one woman and one man, from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of a rainbow over a mountain from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of the moon during a sunset from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess
Photograph of fireworks from "Sing Me Back Home" by Kelly Burgess












I came by at seven in the morning
Seven in the morning, seven in the morning
I came by at seven in the morning
Said something dumb like "I'm tired of running
Tired of running, tired of running."