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Wednesday, April 21, 2021


Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Caitlin Skelcey, Assistant Professor, Art and Design

Caitlin Skelcey, assistant professor of art and design, will present “Fabricated Bodies: Jewelry Prosthetic and Cyborg Identities” as a visiting virtual artist with the University of Wisconsin-Stout, today, April 21, from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. via Microsoft Teams videoconference. She will discuss her creative research, highlighting the evolution of her studio work as well as how her practice has been affected in the wake of the pandemic. Everyone is welcome.

Join the Teams meeting (no software download necessary).

By fusing traditional and modern tools, Ms. Skelcey considers the role of the body molded by our technology as a reflection of the human desire (and sometimes necessity) to remake nature. As new bodies and technology assimilate into our culture, our everyday anatomical identity, experience, and future become increasingly science fiction. Her work functions as wearable jewelry; however, these are not small pieces meant to complement an outfit, easily forgotten while worn, but instead take form as “jewelry as prosthetic”—3D printed bones, medical prosthetics that bend the body to their will, and masks that reshape and challenge perceptions of body norms and identity—while calling for society to reflect on how we see others and ourselves in a posthuman (and lately very dystopian) future.

Ms. Skelcey teaches the Introduction to 2D and 3D Design digital foundations courses and is the area coordinator for Buffalo State College’s digital fabrication lab, the Tech Hub.