artist bio

BORN A FOURTH GENERATION FARMER IN KINSEY, MONTANA, KELSEY GRADUATED FROM MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY IN MAY OF 2016 WITH DEGREES IN ENGLISH-WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY. 

RAISED AMONGST TALL CORN AND SAGEBRUSH, HER PARENTS ENSURED THAT ALL THEIR CHILDREN WERE RAISED EQUALLY, DESPITE GENDER, INFLUENCING KELSEY'S WORK TO INCLUDE PRAISES OF WOMEN IN HISTORICALLY MASCULINE SETTINGS AND TO CRITIQUE THE CULTURAL STEREOTYPES OF WOMEN IN COWBOY CULTURE. 

KELSEY BEGAN SEWING AT A YOUNG AGE, AT THE GUIDANCE OF BOTH HER GRANDMOTHERs. HOWEVER, IT WASN'T UNTIL HER SenIOR YEAR IN COLLEGE THAT KELSEY BEGAN TO IMAGINE FABRIC ART AS A MEDIUM FOR HER PHOTOGRAPHY WORK, EXPLORING WHAT HER PIECES COULD BECOME WITHOUT THE NEcessity of a pattern guide.

EACH OF KELSEY'S PIECES IS CREATED BY HAND, FROM THE SCANNING OF HISTORICAL IMAGES TO BE PRINTED ON COTTON MATERIAL, QUILTED AS SQUARES, EMBROIDERED BY HAND, BOUND BY HAND, AND MOUNTED IN FRAMES SHE MAKES WITH HER UNCLE. EVERY PIECE IS UNIQUE, AND ONE-OF-A-KIND, RESULTING IN CONVERSATION SURROUNDING FEMINISM, MONTANA, AND THE BOUNDARIES OF PHOTOGRAPHY as a medium.

OUTSIDE OF HER QUILTED PIECES, KELSEY ALSO EXPLORES TRICOLOR GUM BICHROMATE PRINTS, digital collages, AND 120MM COLOR NEGATIVE PRINTS. SHE PLANS TO PURSUE her masters in english, starting in fall 2017 at montana state university. as a woman living with mental illness, kelsey is passionate about promoting a discussion surrounding the topic through her artwork and writing.

her work was featured in a summer 2016 interview with the big sky journal, which can be read here. kelsey was honored by lenscratch as a representative of montana in the 2017 states project which can be seen here. most recently, her poetry artwork was published in the 2017 Whitefish review titled "rising voices." the publication can be purchased here.