ARTIST STATEMENT

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 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. Humor, profanity, and low-brow pop culture references from Vaudeville to hip hop all hold sway for me. Recent works address themes of fascism, genocide and human rights abuse, citing historical precedent while examining current events.

BIO

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. Steinberg Gay lives with her husband and daughters in Manhattan, she has a studio in West Harlem.

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Education

2018 MA, Jewish Art & Visual Culture, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York, NY 

2007 BFA, Sculpture, State University of New York, Purchase College, Purchase, NY

2005 Drawing Intensive, State University of New York, Purchase College, Pisciotta, Italy

2003 – 2006 The Art Student’s League of New York, New York, NY

2002 – 03 Education Alliance Art School, New York, NY

 

Pop Ups

2019 Processed, Inwood Hill Park, New York, NY

2018 Sunstone Presents the Fifth Anniversary of Ordain Women, New York, NY

 

Group Shows

2017 Small Works Show at the ISC Sculpture Conference, Kansas City, MO

2016 NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll Open Studios Event, New York, NY 

2016 Sixth Annual Blooming Arts Festival, New York, NY

2015 NoMAA Uptown Arts Stroll Open Studios Event, NewYork, NY 

2015 Fifth Annual Blooming Arts Festival, New York, NY          

2011 Paint on Metal Exhibition, Sculpture Barn Art Center, New Fairfield, CT           

2010 Art in the Landscape: Sculpture Barn 7th Atelier Exhibition, Sculpture Barn Art Center, New Fairfield, CT

2009 Atelier VI, Annual Member Artist Exhibition, Sculpture Barn Art Center, New Fairfield, CT

2009 Annual Student Show, Art Student’s League of New York, New York, NY

2008 Small Works Group Show, G.A.S. – Gallery and Studio, Poughkeepsie, NY

2008 Sky-Rights, a Martine Kaczynski Site Specific Installation, 12th Annual DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Let Them Eat Art, G.A.S. – Gallery and Studio, Poughkeepsie, NY

2007 Beacon Art Salon Open Studios, Beacon, NY

2007 Interpreting Beacon, Chthonic Clash Coffeehouse, Beacon, NY

2007 What We Do, Group Show and Open Studio Event, The Art of the Dia:Beacon Gallery Attendants, Spire Studios, Beacon, NY

2007 Neuberger Museum Gala, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY

2007 Between the Lines, Senior Thesis Exhibition, SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY

 

Residencies

2019, Unity Ecovillage, Cape Coast, Ghana

 

Publications & Books

2014 Exponent II Magazine, “Women and the Priesthood” Issue, Summer 2014 Issue, Vol. 33, No. 4, page 39. Photographs and statement.

2010 Photos Enclosed :NYC, Compiled by Stacy Ward Kelly, Mail Art Projects by Artists of the Beacon Art Salon

2008 Beacon Soul, Compiled by Stacy Ward Kelly, Artists of the Beacon Art Salon

 

Commissions

2017 The Caretaker, Bronze Bust of Catherine Violet Hubbard

2016 Series of Nine Bronze Cast Tree of Life Sculptures, Private Collection

2011 Blue Ribbon, welded steel equestrian sculpture, Private Collection

2010 Tree of Life, bronze casting, Private Collection