KELLESIMONE WAITS, Los Angeles based artist, has exhibited internationally including “Draw Tour” at the Museum of Mexico City, SCOPE Miami with 101/Exhibit, “14 Artists” at New Image Art in Los Angeles, Gregorio Escalante Gallery’s opening exhibit in Los Angeles, “Antithesis” a solo show at the Linder Gallery at Keystone College in PA, and “What’s Your Power Animal” a solo show at Fuse Gallery in NYC.
The female form and notions of femininity are a continuous focal point in my work as are physical, emotional, mental and allegorical transformations. Creating a narrative with this current body of work I am exploring ideas of sexual freedom, shattered inhibitions, and bliss, as they can be related to: anonymity, chemical intervention and altered or obscured identity. In addition I am interested in the consequences of dependence upon outside sources for solutions to internal problems. My subject is a science fiction mythology I have created about Astrobunnies and Astrokitties. They are parasitic alien creatures that feed off of our ill feelings and excrete orgasmic bliss and feelings of freedom into our systems as they process our varied pains, fears and malice. The Astrobunnies come to Earth and they are creating a solution (however flawed) to our experience of our negative emotions and the consequences. It’s an outside, quick, easy, and strange solution to what runs through nearly all of us to some degree. So what happens if they leave? And what is the ultimate solution? I don’t believe there is one easy fix to the issue of fear, suffering and its consequences. Though, I am interested in possible ways to alleviate fear, how it ties into identity vs. anonymity, its effects on female sexuality.
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017 Astrobunnies: The Visitation, Tieken Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2015 Transmutation, Project Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2013 Antithesis, The Linder Gallery at Keystone College, La Plume, PA
2011 What’s Your Power Animal?, Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Action Comics, Known Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Natural Selection, Perihelion Arts, Phoenix, AZ
2010 Venus Flytrap, Hibbelton Gallery, Fullerton, CA
2009 Power Plays, Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Sweet ‘n Low, Bedford Galley, Walnut Creek, CA
2015 Portal To The Future, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2015 SCOPE with Project Gallery, Miami FL
2012 Williams – Waits, Smith Andersen North, San Anselmo, CA.
2011 SCOPE with 101/exhibit, Miami, FL
2011 LAAA Group Gala, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Sounds Fuse Gallery, New York, NY
2010 Aqua10, with Perihelion Arts, Miami, FL
2010 Girls Don’t Count, Shadow’s Space, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Draw Tour, Museo De La Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
2009 14 Artists New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Home, ArtSpace 404, Santa Rosa, CA
2007 & Blue, A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa, CA.
2005 Bright Lights, A Street Gallery, Santa Rosa CA.
California College of the Arts
2011 Ralph Ducasse Endowed Scholarship, Mills College