By Cara Armstrong, Director School of Architecture + Art
Multimedia artist and Adjunct Prof. Sam Talbot-Kelly marked the turning of the year and the coming of winter’s darkness as an artist-in-residence at The Oxygen Art Centre in Nelson, British Columbia. The center provides space and programming for artists and the public to engage in the creation, study, exhibition, and performance of contemporary art in all disciplines.
As part of her project and residency, Talbot-Kelly worked closely with four artists in the community: Lynn Dragone, Thomas Loh, Teyana Neufeld, and Ho Soon Yeen. The group explored authoritative and powerful energies through installation, sound, movement and costume. Dismantled and upended shipping palettes, books, plinths, wallpaper surfaces, masks of the human head, teddy bears, and graffiti tags created an unfolding, slow, and unpredictable moment as the creative expressions of their labors, including the construction of stage and costumes, were revealed in a performance during the opening of the exhibition on January 8, 2016. The exhibition remained in Canada until early January when it was moved and reconfigured as GLAMOURIE, an exhibition held at ARTIFACT, a gallery in New York City through February 6.
“’Glamourie’ is a Scottish Faery term for illusion,” Talbot-Kelly says. “’Cast a glamour over the senses so that things aren’t what they seem’ has become part of my inquiry into costumery, textiles, and the roles of human play in daily life.”
“As a practitioner in the way of the arts, I have become conscious of how this ancient art of ‘deceit’ is a necessary invention that keeps us in the realm of possibility. The theater of Glamourie to which I allude is a stage that mediates between emotion and perception with costumery worn and adorning creatives of Nelson, BC. Glamourie is the agent that lets loose our characters that block inner freedom; an awareness that illuminates a small sword of truth in all that we are.”
As an artist, Talbot-Kelly is interested in what lies below the surface in the dark chambers of the subconscious. Her work seeks to bring these shadowy energies to the surface in a multitude of expressive forms, including paint, performance, site-specific installations, printmaking, and design. She has an MFA in painting from the University of Texas and currently teaches Art and Art History at Norwich.