I am an installation artist interested in transforming spaces through printmaking, sculpture, painting, and performance. I make art to express, to heal, and to establish community. My current body of work ((PALACE)) focuses on the powers of joy and celebration as tools of resistance and reclamation. Specifically, the work explores the intersections of feminism, queerness, healing, and the criticality of joy. While sorting through the embodiment of traumas both personal and collective, I began to shift my focus to joy. How are moments of joy revolutionary in healing oneself, and in reclaiming one’s body, space, and time? Materially focused on adornment, vibrance, and pupil-widening wonder, ((PALACE)) utilizes immersive hanging sculpture, reflection, light, and softness to both evoke and study safe, celebratory space. Ultimately, I hope to remind viewers of my work the critical power of their joy.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kelsey Bogdan is an artist and educator practicing in Chicago, Illinois. Bogdan completed her B.A. at Harvard University where she studied neuroscience, gender, and sexuality. She considers her practice to be transdisciplinary, both in material and in concept. Her scientific background is informed by her passion for gender studies, which in turn informs her artistic practice. Interested in the body, mind, and healing, Bogdan utilizes art to ultimately pose questions about human connection and persistence. She is completing her MFA at Columbia College Chicago this year, and is a recipient of the 2022 Albert P. Weisman Award.
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