Artist Talk: Kelsi Sharp

Kelsi Sharp is an African American graphic designer and artist from the American Southwest. Growing up along historic Route 66, her work is strongly influenced by the signage, gas stations, and other relics found on the historic highway. After studying construction methods, earning certifications in fabrication technologies, and apprenticing in an iconic Santa Fe sign shop, Kelsi began Sharp Design, a signage and environmental design company based in the Midwest, with projects all over the country.
The discussion will address the specific methods used to create this series – a hybrid of computer-aided carpentry and traditional woodworking – as well as how the artist has drawn from historic imagery and iconography from the American Southwest for reference material across multiple bodies of work. Weighing the balance between craftsmanship and impact, retaining a painterly quality within a digital format, and other technical topics will be addressed.

Drawing from a background in architecture and graphic design, Kelsi Sharp uses contemporary fabrication technology to create plywood works of art. We need more imagery that shows not only the historic and ongoing pain that defines the experiences of Africans and African Americans, but also the many other aspects of the lived experiences of black and brown people – our joy in this moment is our liberation, our rebellion.

CLASS ID: O9L1
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 7:00-8:00 PM (LIVE ZOOM CLASS)
Tuition: FREE with registration
($5 suggested donation)
Age/Level: Adults, All Levels

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