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Steph Kesey

County: King County




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Steph Kesey is a multimedia artist working in video, sculpture and installation. Steph is one half the collaboration KeseyPollock; KeseyPollock’s gallery and public works have been supported by The MacDowell Colony, The Rasmuson Foundation, The Seattle Art Museum, 4Culture, The Municipality of Anchorage, The Alaska Park Foundation, and many others. Steph is currently working on a book of nonfiction and is an alumna of the Tin House Summer Workshop. Steph is originally from Seattle and studied film and media at La Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires.

Steph received GAP 2016 funding for her untitled book about the last year of her father’s life when he spiraled into a bipolar mania followed by a deep depression. This book is about the fun and horrific times that year; it is about their friendship. For Steph, writing this story clearly is a huge challenge for her, as there is a perverse impossibility to the compulsive capturing and reconstructing of memories inside the pages of a memoir: no matter how much she writes she will never take away the pain that so ravenously devoured him. Nor will she get her dad back. But by fearlessly examining, she will make something beautiful out of it.

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