Chelsea Steinberg Gay (b. 1986, Brooklyn, NY) is a New York-based sculptor and performance artist. She holds an MA from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a BFA from SUNY Purchase College. She has studied and worked at The Educational Alliance, The Brooklyn Museum and The Art Student’s League in New York City.
I make sculptures, installations, works on paper & multi-media sound/video works that look at how displaced or marginalized communities create, alter or mobilize folklore, legends, and the occult as a means of protection and perseverance. Object-making is at the root of everything I do. My sculptures often inspire or involve drawing, photography, video, sound or performance, to become a finished piece. Rather than working exclusively in certain materials, I gather or fabricate wherever feels most appropriate to realize a piece. Recent works have included bronze, paper, photocopies, fabric, found objects and laser-cut Plexiglas. I make a conscious effort to keep my works small, intimate. Occasional collaboration with other artists, family members and school children allows me to explore how one memory or theme can have significance for different people. Following the admonition of my English-teacher mother, I often work from what I know, from memory—tastes, smells, and sounds of a 1990s Brooklyn Jewish childhood—acknowledging and re-appropriating the associated stereotypes and tropes.