NELLY KATE — STUDIO ARTIST

Transdisciplinary practice centering access through sound, language, and the poetics of translation. 


CONTENTS


01 The Difference

02 nowisthe
03 Nevermind
04 FutureFluid

05 [Untitled] 6 Cylinders

06 I Hear You, But I Can’t Hear You


STATEMENT

My work is about our perception of place, as shaped by personal history, the built environment, and sound. Through installations and itinerant walks, I explore expanding time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic.

I express the confounding nature of my own deafness by transforming space to generate sensations in and around the body. Audible and inaudible tones are manifest as vibrations and translations for hearing and Deaf audiences via interactive sculptures, speaker + screen arrays, videos, and ambient loops.

In order to make the symbols in my work logically accessible, I often print patterned and coded visual companions for these sonic experiences. I am exploring the ways in which refusal of canonical psychogeography, and psychoacoustics might lead to an alt-horizon. I employ lo-fi mechanisms, such as A/V cassette recordings, radio frequencies, Xerox collages, stop-motion animations, and electronic synthesizers. These tactile materials illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name.


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NELLY KATE 06 — FEB 2020

I Hear You, But I Can’t Hear You

MADELAINE CORBIN COLLABORATION


We are apprenticed to light and the effect of temporal rhythms on our bodies and our environments. This installation was investigating resolution and dissolution.

The diaphanous blue of cyanotypes intensifies when light falls across their surfaces. Similarly, sunlight will reveal hidden patterns woven into Corbin’s rug as some of its strands are lightfast + fixed, while others are not.
Our chair cycles audible and inaudible tones, resonating sonic  frequencies against the body. Its rocking motion references circadian rhythms and flow.

The more frequently a person sits here, the brighter the weaving will stay as they mask the sun’s rays.
In this way, loss is reversed in a re-valuing of change over time. We resist permanence to encourage ephemerality as a material power.



Printing support from Jordan Knecht
Blueprint Residency; Chicago, IL

 

When I was alive, I aimed to be a student not of longing but of light. —Maggie Nelson, Bluets