Keliy Anderson-Staley: Documents and Dwellings
On view July 2 - September 18, 2022
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas will present Keliy Anderson-Staley: Between These Walls as its summer 2022 exhibition. Anderson-Staley is a Houston-based artist and currently works as the Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media at the University of Houston. Anderson-Staley’s work is characterized by her interest in family, memories, and loss. She grew up in an off-the-grid cabin in Maine, only learning later in life that her family’s bohemian lifestyle was purposely chosen by her father. At 12, she learned her father was not her biological father, resulting in a reevaluation of her life and memories that have lasted into present day. In 2018, her family’s cabin was sold and burned to the ground, a traumatic experience that she re-experienced again with the flooding of her house during Hurricane Harvey.
The exhibition will include the installation of: Shelter in Place, a 10 foot by 10 foot house structured covered in over 560 tintype portraits, The Baking Pan Series: An Incomplete Family History, a selection of antique baking pans with emulsified images on their surfaces, Father, Dad: Tom, Bill, a grid of tintypes of Anderson-Staley’s biological and adoptive fathers, Raw Materials in War and Peace, multiple volumes of palimpsest books made with prints and cyanotypes, and Paper Quilts, 8 foot by 5 foot quilts made from notebook pages, handwritten letters, and photographs. The exhibition will demonstrate Anderson-Staley’s unique and personal investigation into the definitions of home, family, and community.