Leslie Kelman

My day-to-day interaction with shelter may sometimes be perfunctory and unmemorable, as are many daily activities, but repeated over days, weeks and years these experiences build within my mind a series of psychic spaces whose presence is tied to larger themes and interactions that took place simultaneously with the daily activity, whether those themes are pleasant or unpleasant. I build environments that contain enough specific information to suggest a narrative, but the story itself is not explicit. I depict those inner geographies using visual language that others might recognize.

I use several aesthetic forms: shelters (large structures); virtual spaces (computer models and animation); time-based, audience-inclusive performances; and what I call collages—mixed media, works on paper, or other elements that may contribute to a larger installation.