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, self-directed residency every October on instagramOpens in new window that explores process and documentation. They enjoy creating and maintaining spaces where people can explore, learn, experience, fail, feel, and create!
Kay is queer, white, and hard of hearing. They use They/Their/Theirs pronouns exclusively online (cyberspace), and accept the use of fluid pronouns, in meatspace* meatspace is another way to describe physical or non-digital environments. .
Kay subscribes to the philosophy of the New Sincerity 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.
Kay is a white, middle aged person with greying shoulder length hair. They have shaved sides and often wear their hair up and away from their face. They have brown eyes, a double-pierced nose and lip on opposing sides, and large rosy cheeks. They have a large and teeth-exposing smile that crinkles the corner of their eyes. They are an average to large build, and stand 5'6 or 168 cm. Their appearance reads as femme, and their clothing tends to neutral and casual. Kay's name sign is the letter K in ASL (palm facing out, with index and middle fingers sticking up like the letter 'V', thumb is tucked at the base of the two extended fingers. The rest of the hand is curled in, touching the palm.) with the middle finger touching just to the side of their mouth at their dimple, and twisted back and forth like the sign for pickles.
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:
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 websitesappeals 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.
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