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Artist Statement

A seal swims to the shore of Iceland and sheds her sealskin. Emerging from the sea in human form, a Nordic apparition of Aphrodite on the half shell, the selkie arrests the attention of a fisherman who proceeds to steal her protective sealskin in order to marry her. A few years and kids later, the selkie longs for her watery home.

As a human, the mythic selkie lives a life constructed by culture, and as a seal, she delves into mysterious waters. The skin is the threshold between knowing and unknowing—the positive and the negative of human experience. After I heard the story of the selkie in Iceland, my artwork began to question the function of thresholds, symbols of all that we are not experiencing given the limits of our body and mind. What is just beyond our reach?

By manipulating the borders between constructed knowledge and wild unknowns, my artwork acknowledges that what lies outside experience distorts its very center.

Bio

Kelsey Bosch is an interdisciplinary artist primarily working in media and installation. She received a MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2016 and a BFA from the University of Minnesota, Department of Art in 2009. Kelsey is an avid reader, traveller, and sometimes writer who frequently engages the forest of abstract thought.

Naturally curious, Kelsey’s work tends to move across mediums, materials, and subjects as she seeks new learning opportunities. This de-centering of her practice often creates threads of association, while abstract tendencies open her artwork to multiple readings.


EDUCATION
2016
MFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Media Studies/Sculpture)

2011
Certificate, College of Continuing Education, University of Minnesota (Business Writing)

2009
BFA, Department of Art, University of Minnesota (Painting/Film)


Group Exhibitions

2018
Vanishing Ice, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN
Nes Alumni 10 Year Exhibition, Nes Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland

2017
Art(ists) on the Verge 8, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
What I Think About, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
C.A.V.E. Film Festival, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN

2016
Reverb, TEDxMinneapolis, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, MN
Chronos, Cellular Cinema 16, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN
Movies at WAM, Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
MCAD MFA Thesis, MCAD MFA Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Soo VAC + MCAD MFA: An Exhibition in Honor of Suzy Greenberg, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
The River: Memory and Metaphor on the Mississippi, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN
Borderlines, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Art Shanty Projects, White Bear Lake, MN

2015
Waabizipinikaan-Ziibi (WZFR) Screening at Lily Spring Farms, Sommerset, WI
Meeting Waters, Whittier Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Sound/Fun/Fury, Northern Spark Festival, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
Hallways, Casket Art Building, Minneapolis, MN
One Two Three, Emeritus Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2014
Untitled 11, Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN
Chrysalis Stage, Whittier Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

2013
Regis 10th Anniversary—current staff, Regis West Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Nes Open Studio, Skagaströnd, Iceland
Minnesota Grown, Sinclair Gallery, Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
Now What Now, 801 Gallery Boiler Room, Minneapolis, MN

2012
(Very) Recent Work, NYCAMS, New York, NY
Wanderlust, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

2011
RESOURCE • RETURN • RECYCLE, Wilson Library, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Fear Itself, Altered Esthetics, Minneapolis, MN
Billboard Art Project, Duluth, MN and Chicago, IL

2010
Foot in the Door 4, Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP), Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN
5th Annual Expressions of the Feminine Psyche, Van Brabson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2009
Tabula Rasa, Form+Content Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
4th Annual Expressions of the Feminine Psyche, Van Brabson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
BFA Show, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Awards and Grants
Commission, Vanishing Ice, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, MN—2018
Fellowship,Artist on the Verge 8, Northern Lights MN, Minneapolis, MN—2016
Commission, Art Shanty Projects, White Bear Lake, MN—2016
MFA Trustees Scholarship, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN—   2014-2016
Planning and Research Grant, Forecast Public Art, Saint Paul, MN—2010
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) Scholarship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN—2009

Residencies
Waabizipinikaan-Ziibi (WZFR), Sommerset, WI—2015
Nes Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland—2013 

Publications
Skagaströnd Review (work printed in publication), Nes Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland—2016
Public Art Review (“Art Shanties on Ice,” Issue 54), Forecast Public Art, Minneapolis, MN—2016

Curation
Wonder Women Fashion Show, Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota,      Minneapolis, MN—2015
Red Barn Film Fest, Glenwood City, WI—2014
Regis 10th Anniversary, Current Staff, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN—2013
Tales from the North, Quarter Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN—2013

 

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