Traci Kelly – England

Traci is an independent scholar and artist whose practice slips and knots between performance, visual and textual languages. She uses poetic and visceral imagery to open up a space for doubt and question the status of the body. The spacings between touch and untouch in performance exchanges are utilised to consider subject invention. Current activity revolves around skin as a site of encounter and of writing. She has a doctorate from The University of Reading gained with a project investigating intersubjectivity and collaboration in live art practice which was published in 2014. Feeling It For You Perspective with Seers in Residence, an innovative model she developed for a decentralised approach to research dynamics, published by Nottingham Trent University. This year sees solo and collaborative texts published in books for The University of Bristol and Bergen. Academy of Art and Design. She continues to present work internationally and to date has performed and exhibited in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Traci will be completing her residency with Rita Marhaug and Nisa Ojalvo. Kelly/Marhaug/Ojalvo is an international collaboration (UK, Norway,USA) dedicated to making site specific performance for camera in a varied natural landscape is a vital strand of her artistic development and output. Their formation spans performance, photography, video, sculpture and installation. They are currently creating a body of work entitled Lånt Landskap/Borrowed Landscape, a series in three parts, each part situated in one of the artists’ home country. The first phase took place in Norway during a 2-week road trip beginning in Bergen and travelling along the coast up to the Lofoten archipelago in the Arctic Circle. She will join her collaborators and situate Phase II in Wales with the aid of the Stiwdio Maelor residency, thus tying their collaboration to the UK. During the 2-week period they will embark on a process of excavating site and self, making physical, conceptual and historical investigations into the local materiality, culture and context of Lower Corris and adjacent locales. This would involve a particular inquiry into slate and stone quarrying and mining activity. Their future Phase III is planned for 2017 in the USA, where the work from Norway and Wales would be joined by further site specific collaboration in America. When completed, exhibitions and a publication of all three phases is envisaged.

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