Courtney Kessel is an artist, academic, and mother living and working in Athens, Ohio. Born in 1974 in Pittsburgh, PA, Kessel teaches in the School of Art at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art (1998) and completed an MFA in Sculpture & Expanded Practices and a certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies (2012) from Ohio University. Through sculpture, performance, video, and sound, Courtney Kessel’s work strives to make visible the quiet, understated, and often unseen love and labor of motherhood. Her work transcends the local binary of public/private and extends into the repositioning of the ongoing, non-narrative, excessive dialogic flow that occurs within the domestic space. Kessel endeavors to create a space that examines language and maternity through a feminist lens thereby opening a dialogue between what is seen and not seen.
To: You This is the beginning of something beautiful. It appears to be a budding collaboration and it is all about you and me. It started a couple of years ago when I was thinking about you. I caught myself wondering if you thought at all about me. I know sometimes you think it’s all about me and sometimes all I think about is you. Let me propose something to you. What if you started to think of me first and then I will try to think of you?