United States of America
Kelsey Miller was born on the island of Antigua and moved to the United States at the age of 10. She earned a BA in studio art from Wellesley College and is currently teaching printmaking at the University of Connecticut while pursuing her MFA. Informed by the human experience of place, the artist explores the apparent dichotomy of belief and fact through imagery inspired by landscape, current events, and weather. By employing the formal elements of abstraction, fragmentation, sequencing and arrangement, she aims to create work that conveys a universal or archetypal quality, inspiring viewers to reflect on the human role in the history and future of the climate.
THE FORECAST (by Kelsey Miller)
Art that engages aspects of the environment is increasingly relevant given the recent change of leadership in the United States. Notions of belief, denial, acceptance, hope, and fear have become a part of our current discourse; they are emotional complexities that at times seem at odds with scientific truth. As a way to document and process the confusion of this moment, I am using Argentinean and American newspapers to generate a lexicon of text and imagery that can function both as individual prints existing in traditional context, and as a group of prints—an installation that is experienced as a felt, immersive space.
1985 | Antigua, West Indies (Antigua and Barbuda)
Lives and works in the USA.
2018 | MFA at the University of Connecticut. Storrs, USA.
2007 | BA in Studio Art, Wellesley College, Wellesley.Massachusetts, USA.
2019 | Truth as a Contested Concept, Woman Made Gallery. Chicago, USA.
2018 | Close Third Person, LMAK Gallery. New York, USA.
2017 | The Forecast, Arena Gallery, Storrs. Connecticut, USA.
2016 | CT Printmakers Invitational, Real Art Ways. Connecticut, USA.
2015 | The And Show, Knoxville. Tennessee, USA.
The Forecast was the project that Kelsey Miller developed during her ´acePIRAR Production Residency, and what she presented in the July 19th, 2017 ´aceNITE titled Pliego. An installation in the Transversal Space that addresses issues of power, communication, censorship and information management in reference to climate change. Miller is an artist concerned with these issues and particularly affected in these times by the new policies and positions that her country has taken with respect to global warming. For the same reason, for the development of the installation, she carried collected news from the North American and Argentine newspapers related to the subject.
When one goes through the installation, you encounter works that seem to have the news (texts and images) erased, completely censored or burned by the light. As one moves on, an in crescendo is generated towards stronger greys that give us the impression of being able to access the information more clearly but this turns out to be only a (false) illusion since the words are overlapped, scratched, crossed out, so that communication is not possible either. The third and last section confronts us with a new frustration of our decodification impulse since the black planes prohibit any traditional reading of what the news would be. An installation that as all works of art, refuses to communicate explicitly but allows us to reflect deeply on the fragmentary access we have to facts, manipulation and the never innocent distribution of information.
´aceNITE, Exhibitions, Open Studio
Artists in Dialog
On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, several international projects were presented at the house of Fundación´ace with the presence of an interesting variety of artists, colleagues and their friends and families.
The artists in residence of the period, Kelsey Miller, Tracey Bullington and Danielle O’Brien (all from the USA) showed the results of their residency periods. Kelsey presented her project The Forecast in the Transversal Space, Tracey shared her work in process at The Workshop and Danielle showed her artwork, an in-between sculpture, assemblage and painting, at La Torre, where she worked during her residency.
The Central Hall and the Dialogue Space hosted the 9th session of the International Self-Portraits Project, led by Alicia Candiani and Catherine Bebout from Montclair State University. A project that involved artists from different countries and contexts and produced work reflecting on the issue of self-representation.
In the Políglota Room, El Pliego was exhibited, an international project organized by the Grupo dx5 of the University of Vigo in Pontevedra, Spain in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Arts of the University of Quebec in Canada, to which ´ace was invited to take part. In dialogue with this international project, the video Fold by Marcela Casals (Argentina/USA) was shown. Cazals was a resident artist of ´ace in 2014 and this time her video was selected from the open call of the Seedbed Program.