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
07 Transistors in Translation


STATEMENT

My work is about perception of place as shaped by the built environment and sound. Intersecting Queer, Deaf, Southern, and Hispanic culture I focus upon cultivating ecosystems of inclusion to make way for public imagination.

I blend sophisticated responsive technology with lo-fi mechanisms like cassette tapes, stop-motion animations, radio frequencies, Xerox prints, and electronic synthesizers. These tactile materials illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name.

Through multi-sensory installation I explore expanding time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic. At the core of my practice is the idea that imagination is foundational to building the world of our dreams and that we need as many people as possible accessing their imaginations to create inclusive communities.



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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