Leslie Kelman

I map places, structures and daily activity, with the goal of producing an uncanny version of these things. Memories are so tied to place that they become inseparable, especially in dreams. When I build, whether in real or virtual space, I imply narrative. Nostalgia can be sweet or menacing, sometimes at the same time. I don’t want to curate the psychology I source, because it’s not realistic to feel all good or all bad. When I recreate social interactions, I likewise locate apparently unrelated aspects equally in the piece – mundane transactions, feelings of alienation, childlike curiosity, or whatever else the subject matter dictates. I don’t seek to reinterpret the world around me to fit a narrative, but I do aim to identify mental geography that others might recognize.