Kay Slater is a multidisciplinary artist.
Kay's artistic practice explores value as it relates to materials and expectations. They enjoy creating and maintaining safe, inclusive and accessible spaces where people can explore, learn, experience, and create!
Kay is queer and hard of hearing. They use They/Their/Theirs pronouns exclusively online, and use the fluid pronouns; They/She, in meatspace.
Kay subscribes to the philosophy of the New Sincerity which strives to “be more awesome”.
I like to explore concepts of worth using unconventional materials and by questioning traditional display and exhibition standards - especially through a lens focused on accessibility. I obsessively archive my process and am constantly working to embrace mistakes. I build workshops that help participants value (and delight in) the act of making which ultimately reduces the pressure people feel to create a finished, perfect product.
- On Instagram: @kdotca, I regularly document my process both as a preparator and multi-media artist here. Feel free to message me here.
- On Facebook: @kdotca, I semi-regularly 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 frequency, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kslater/
- Doing, Making and Hosting with their Collective: The Papercut Arcade.
- Working at ArtStarts Gallery on the first Saturday of every month: I host ArtStarts Explores, the free, family programming that explores process-based art-making from 11-12PM on Saturdays.
- Hosting QueerASL Art Events: I host regular classes for QueerASL teachers as a volunteer at galleries around Vancouver as well as hosting social and cultural events for the community. Please find out more about QueerASL by visiting their website.
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, installing and updating my skills as a multi-media artist, preparator, workshop facilitator, and creative problem solver.
- Brutalist web design appeals to me as I work to identify and reject classist and narcissist design trends, as well as Eurocentric and academic standards that perpetuate oppression. Design should be about information hierachy.