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August - September: Kelsey Sheaffer and Joana Stillwell

Kelsey Sheaffer's work is informed by dance and its translation through notation into architecture and sound while Joana Stillwell 's work is informed by everyday phenomena and its translation through gesture and video. Together they will overlap their usually individual practices in a series of evolving multimedia installations, investigating tidal phenomena, walled cities, Boolean logic and the nature of searching. Through sound, video and gesture, they will consider the poetics and politics of attention, space, and time steeped within historical and present day Cork.


Joana Stillwell grew up around the Pacific Ocean in Hawaii, Japan, Guam, and Washington. She lives and works between Seattle, WA and Washington, DC. She graduated with a BA in Art History and a BFA in Photomedia from the University of Washington in 2012 and earned an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. Recent exhibitions, performances, and screenings include: a window the color of her sunburn, Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (2017), InLight, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA (2016), Desire Lines, Sediment Gallery, Richmond, VA (2016), Home Brew, The Alice at Satellite Show Miami, Miami Beach, FL (2015), 160 Hours, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA (2015), NOW&AFTER International Video Art Festival, Moscow, Russia (2014), Gallery4Culture’s e4c Electronic Gallery, Seattle, WA (2013). She has received two collaborative commissions through the city of Seattle and was a member of the Seattle based artist collective, SOIL. She was awarded a funded residency at Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake, PA (2016) and with a Graduate Research Grant from Virginia Commonwealth University (2017). 

Kelsey Sheaffer is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Richmond, VA. Her work cycles between sound, dance and drawing to explore notation and archives. She works at a library teaching sound, video and other media through a variety of educational programs. She graduated with a BA in Art from Davidson College in 2013 and earned an MFA in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016, and has exhibited in galleries and festivals on the east coast. She was awarded with a Graduate Research Grant and a Graduate Travel Grant  from Virginia Commonwealth University (2016).