• BIO AND ARTIST STATEMENT

    Kelley Finley is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works in sculpture and performance. Finley received her BFA in Sculpture at Kutztown University and is pursuing her graduate degree at California College of Arts. She is a visual artist whose work explores personal identity as a biracial woman and formal aesthetics that investigates the relationship between fragility and solidity. Her work has been shown internationally in Hong Kong and Italy.

    Absent of a defined language, I use labor, talismans, healing rituals, and my own form of death writing to commentate on mixed identity, immigration, racial melancholy, and the female Asian diaspora. When female Asian personhood is seen through the artificial and mixed personhood has been segmented as an aesthetic abstraction, what constitutes being? Both instances in society are seen as invisible and indistinguishable from one another.

    These diasporas are uplifted within the sculptural anthropomorphic containers made, creating sacred spaces to hold these experiences. By utilizing my body in often performative acts to hold these structures during fabrication, they become performative ephemera, reminiscent of the figure in a variety of authorities. My work uses scale and embodiment to question the internal versus the external view of the marginalized woman’s existence. Domestic materials like fabric, thread, and medicinal herbs are connected to protection, grief, monumentalizing, vulnerability, and personal shrines. Pairing these materials and building pseudo-construction sites is where visual language emerges and speaks to immigrant labor's magnitude and ever presence. Moments where construction materials like concrete and steel encounter fabric, sewing, and symbolic objects articulate stories of immigration, Asian-biracial identity, and familial heritage.