Kay Slater is a multidisciplinary artist.
Kay's artistic practice explores value as it relates to process and expectations. Multidisciplinary means that they work in a variety of ways to make and produce work; such as illustration, paper and cardboard sculpture, photography, videography, writing, and discussion. An example is their annual, many-sided explorations every October on instagramOpens in new window. They enjoy creating and maintaining spaces where people can explore, learn, experience, fail, feel, and create!
Kay is queer and hard of hearing. They use They/Their/Theirs pronouns exclusively online (cyberspace), and accept the use of fluid pronouns; They/She, in
meatspace is another way to describe physical or non-digital environments.
Kay subscribes to the philosophy of the
a philosophy or trend that tries to expand upon and break away from concepts of postmodernist irony.
which strives to “be more awesome”.
I like to explore concepts of worth and self-worth through making. I am driven to question traditional display and exhibition standards - especially through an accessibility and ability-focused lens. I obsessively archive my process and am constantly working to embrace mistakes. I build workshops that help participants value (and hopefully delight in) the act of making which ultimately reduces the pressure people feel to create a finished, perfect product.
- On Instagram: @kdotcaOpens in new window, I regularly document my process both as a preparator and visual artist here.
- Making with my Collective: The Papercut ArcadeOpens in new window.
- Weekly online, hosting the FREE digital workshop series, ArtStarts Explores, with the ArtStarts in SchoolsOpens in new window . Free, family programming 11-12PM on Saturdays @ the Artstarts Facebook PageOpens in new window!
- Hosting Community Workshops on Non-Auditory Access (captioning and transciption)Opens in new window alongside the team at grunt Gallery. The workshops are free and open to the public. Check out grunt.caOpens in new window to see upcoming dates.
- Hosting QueerASLOpens in new window Art & Social Events: I volunteer as the Social and Cultural Events person, and host classes for QASL teachers and students at local galleries.
- *In meatspace consuming land, water, and air: As a guest on the unceded, ancestoral territories of the Coast Salish people, specifically the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sə̓lílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, I am learning, searching for joy, participating in, standing with, and witnessing landback initiatives for Indigenous Soverignity.
- On Facebook: @kdotca, I occassionally update this page with public workshops I am hosting. Feel free to message me here.
- On LinkedIn: For a formal CV that is updated with some infrequency, visit: linkedin.com/in/kslater/Opens in new window
While it may seem odd for a visual artist to have such a minimalist design and lack of content for a website, this page is designed to acknowledge that:
- Accessibility is important. I want all folks to be able to contact me easily. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Social media is regularly updated and I use it. Instead of repeating content published elsewhere, I invite you to please visit my social profiles online: @kdotca.
- Being a successful and self-employed artist means time is limited. I acknowledge that updating and maintaining an artist site that is secure and safe for my visitors takes more time than I have to give. Instead, I choose to use that time making, exploring new ways of communicating, installing work, and updating my skills as a multi-media artist, preparator, workshop facilitator, digital exibitionist, and creative problem solver.
Designing a website that prioritizes access doesn't have to be ugly. Nor does an aesthetically pleasing website need to be inaccessible. However,
Brutalist web design
Striving to create simple, honest, and functional websites
appeals to me as I work to identify and reject classist and narcissist design trends and standards that perpetuate oppression. I believe the best design prioritizes information first - regardless of how it is being consumed.