Kelsey is a University of Sioux Falls alumni, currently working on her MFA through Azusa Pacific University. She is a mixed media artist that enjoys creating both abstract and representational art.
My current work is inspired by the imperfections of human skin. Whether it comes from birthmarks, vitiligo, eczema, scars, or psoriasis, there is often a misconception that the skin is now flawed, less perfect, something to be insecure about and therefore must be covered up at all costs especially in photographs. Photoshop, filters, and an extensive availability of editing apps have led so many of us to believe that something is wrong with our skin if it varies in texture or color. My goal when creating these pieces is to offer a new narrative on what “perfect skin” looks and feels like. Rather than eliminating these various flaws that could be considered ugly, I choose to highlight them in my art in order to expose the beauty of their raw authenticity.