Courtney Kessel
BIO
2017
Courtney Kessel is a mother, artist, academic, and arts administrator living and working in Athens, Ohio. Through sculpture, photography, performance, video, and sound, Kessel’s work strives to make visible the quiet, understated, and often unseen love and labor of motherhood. In the annual performance piece, In Balance With,(2009-present) Kessel presents a version of the maternal which investigates collaboration with her daughter, Chloé, as a visible, changeable aspect of mothering. Other projects of which reflect a continued research into the subjective maternal include the solo exhibition, Mother Lode (2014), Symphony of the Domestic II (2015), Cut From the Same (2013), and the video Sharing Space (2012) and the newest work Fabric of Life and Making Up (2016). Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kessel completed an MFA in Sculpture & Expanded Practices and a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (2012) from Ohio University and received a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art (1998). Kessel has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including New Maternalisms: Redux , FAB Gallery, University of Alberta, Canada, New Maternalisms, Chile at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Santiago Chile, FAMILY MATTERS: Living and Representing Today’s Family, Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, Florence, Italy, the Tampa Museum of Art, Exit Art, New York. She has lectured on her work and research in both universities and museums internationally including the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL, Brigham Young University Art Museum, Provo, UT, The Mothernists conference, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Mapping Maternal Ethics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and at the forthcoming conference The Mothernists 2: Who Cares for the 21st Century, Astrid Noachs Atelier, Copenhagen, Denmark. Kessel is the Gallery Director for the Ohio University Art Galleries and teaches in the School of Art + Design. She is the mother to one daughter.


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