Lauren Kelley’s unapologetic approach to stop-motion animation is in
keeping with the studio space in which she creates her videos. Kelley
rents a very humble apartment just outside of downtown Houston, using
it as her studio. It’s a cozy space with a bedroom that she uses for
prop storage. The kitchen, its refrigerator loaded with bottled water,
serves as an office.
I’m excited I had this opportunity to photograph Kelley before she
ventured off to New York for an artist residency at the Studio Museum
Lauren Kelley was born in 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kelley attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007 and was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art in Houston from 2007-2009. She is the recipient of a 2008 Altoid Award. Her work has most recently been included in Cinema Remixed & Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970 and No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston, both at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Kelley is currently Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, where her work will be exhibited in July 2010.
Everett Taasevigen is a Houston photographer.
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