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Artist ID: 2449

The artist examines identity and the domestic through installation, sculpture, and painting. He grew up in Georgia and was raised in a conservative, religious household. Reflecting upon his struggles as a closeted queer adolescent, he navigates the often conflicting relationships between religion, masculinity, queer identity, and memory. Through the utilization of found objects, personal ephemera, and used furniture, he investigates experienced homophobia and self-hate while questioning the validity of the nuclear family. In discussing these connections, he hopes the installations provide space for dialogue around queer identity and a place for reconciliation.

Jacob O’Kelley is an artist and curator living and working in Atlanta. He received his BFA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking from Georgia State University in 2016. Post graduation, O’Kelley was an intern for Sandler Hudson Gallery, Atlanta, a studio assistant to WAP Fellow Krista Clark at MOCA GA, and is currently the Gallery Manager at MINT, Atlanta.
In late 2018, he began production on an artist-run project space, ShowerHaus, at the Goat Farm Arts Center. Since then ShowerHaus has created and curated thirteen unique exhibitions, including The High Rise Show, with over 200 local and national artists as well as collaborated with local government and arts organizations including Fulton County Arts and Culture, MINT, TILA Studios, The Creatives Project, Peters Street Station, Swan Coach House Gallery and most recently the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Art Program.

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