Chelsea Steinberg Gay


I work in a wide range of materials including found objects, resins and rubbers, paper, wax, fabrics and fibers, steel, and bronze. For each work, I gather and fabricate whichever materials feel most appropriate to realize the concept at hand.

My pieces have been described as eerie and introspective and are frequently intimate in their scale, even when shown as cumulative installations, exploring potential, symbolism and import common to everyday objects and experiences.

My recent works convey concepts of life, death, and transition, and explore religious rituals, traditions, and folklore from diverse world cultures but with a strong Judeo-Christian emphasis.

In the last six years I have been focusing on my own ancestry, generations of Jewish European immigrants, Holocaust victims and survivors, and life-long New Yorkers. I often work from my memories of growing up Jewish, in the city.