Marina Roy* nominated the installation and photo based artist Kelly Lycan:
I began to really appreciate Kelly Lycan’s art practice when we found ourselves in Berlin at the same time, in the summer of 2010. What immediately captivated me about Kelly’s work was the way her daily life activities were inextricably tied with artistic processes. In many ways her art practice could be understood as a life project. One afternoon we sat on the banks of a canal in Kreuzberg drinking beer while she shot video footage of plastic garbage floating by. She also had an ongoing project of painting her nails in successive layers, letting them chip away day by day, documenting the successive damage to their surfaces, revealing the multiple layers of colour below.
Having accumulated many of these photographs of her nails over several months, she blew them up as oval painting-photographs. These are just a few examples eye-witness encounters with her practice reflecting the idiosyncratic nature of her practice. It’s rarely ever about working on one project at a time toward some goal, but the process of setting up a set of parameters and seeing where things go—some of these threads growing toward autonomous projects/exhibitions. Such contingencies as thrift store shopping and shooting photographs of museums displays make up some of her ‘research’ praxis.
* Image of Marina courtesy of Christine D'Onofrio
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