Join us on Saturday February 22 at 2pm for an artist talk with Kelsey Stephenson. This artist talk is presented in conjunction with her exhibition, Trace elements, which runs from February 20 to March 20, 2020.
ASL interpretation at the talk can be provided by request. Requests must be submitted by 5pm on February 19 by emailing email@example.com or calling 204-779-6253. This event is free and open to the public.
Kelsey Stephenson is an Edmonton based artist working with ideas of place-based memory and identity, and the changes imposed on landscape through human agency, intentionally or not. She works primarily with printmaking and print based installation in her practise. Kelsey’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions across western Canada and in the USA, as well as nationally and internationally within juried group exhibitions. Recent group exhibitions include the 37th Bradley International, at Bradley University in Illinois (USA), the 2nd International Print Biennial Łódz 2018, in Łódz (Poland), and the 2018 Okanagan Print Triennial, in Kelowna, BC. Kelsey currently teaches at the University of Alberta, and has previously taught at the Alberta University of the Arts (Alberta College of Art + Design).
My recent work examines our dual relationship with place and landscape. The work draws on connections to places meaningful to myself, searching for how place has created an impact on identity, and how we in turn create changes and impressions to our immediate environment and beyond. The audio by Alex Gray in the installation divining consists of sounds and silences, thinking back to the prairies. The use of audio helps to immerse and transport viewers, pulling together the visual fragments presented in the gallery. The audio pieces draw on both water and wind as sources of inspiration. The individual works draw on the visual language of topographies and an overview of river systems. They draw on the process of monoprint, including ghost impressions, and the process of etching, carefully degrading and eroding the plate in specific places to create marks which bring to mind rivers and erosion.