My name is Nelly Kate [she/her]. I grew up in the American South, where I centered my practice on engaging the public with the urban scape through site-specific interventions oral history, interactive A/V sculpture, and itinerant walks. I’m an MFA candidate in Print Media at Cranbrook, and hold a degree in English from JMU.
Notable opportunities include: artist-teaching residency at Carver High School, collaborations with Toni Wynn; installations/performances at MOCA Detroit, Mattress Factory, Time Camp II, and Black Iris Gallery; speaking engagements at VCU, American University, University of Richmond, Portland Art Museum, American University of Paris, and TEDx. I’ve shared the stage with artists such as: tUnE-yArDs, Kenneka Cook, and Angel Olsen.
My work is about our perception of place, as shaped by personal history, the built environment, and sound. Through immersive installations, I explore collapsing time, breaking and remaking meaning, and cultivating ecstatic magic.
I express the confounding nature of my own deafness—through audible and inaudible tones, vibrations, and captions—to cultivate accessible experiences across difference. Breaking away from canonical psychogeography and psychoacoustics leads to a queer horizon upon which slowness and subtlety are the move. In this landscape, lo-fi media such as cassettes, radio frequencies, Xerox collages, stop-motion animations, and electronic synthesizers keep us warm and grounded. I explore these intersections to illuminate the terrestrial and electromagnetic phenomena which our bodies sense but cannot readily name
Nelly Kate Anderson’s work is currently on display at the Carr Center Gallery in our new exhibition, “With All Our Might.”