Education: University of Alberta, Design
I have always been interested in perception and consciousness, in the way we remember and perceive the world around us; ask any two individuals about the same event and they answer differently. Our experiences as individuals are powerful, yet transient; they mold us throughout our lives, but remain extremely fragile. It is easy to misremember, or color impressions based on the emotion of the moment; the mind sometimes can no longer access the information it has stored. It is this tension between the formative strengths of both human and recently geological memory and fragility which informs my work. Traces always remain. Remembered or not, memories of our experiences shape who we are in profound ways.
Kelsey Stephenson was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and fell in love with printmaking in her second year at the University of Alberta. She graduated with a Bachelor of Design in 2011, and in the two years between graduating and beginning an MFA was involved with (SNAP) the Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, exhibiting new work completed after her undergraduate degree while in their artist in residence program. In summer 2014 she was at St. Michael’s artist in residence program in Newfoundland, and this summer will be in Kelowna at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus). Kelsey has exhibited her work in numerous solo shows in Edmonton over the past few years as well as nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include the “Boston Printmakers 2013” (where she won a the Gamblin Materials Award), “IPCNY New Prints 2014 / Summer,” “ROC 2014 International Biennial Print Exhibit,” in Taiwan, and the “5th Guanlan International Print Biennial in China.”