Kelli Anderson (1982 – )

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  • Kelli Anderson, born in 1982, is a Brooklyn (NY) based artist, designer and tinkerer. She is known for “pushing the limits of ordinary materials and formats by seeking out hidden possibility In the physical and digital world”

  • She grew up in New Orleans, but moved to NYC to pursue an education at the Pratt Institutue. She originally studied art history and fine arts.
  • Her education was focused primarily on photography and painting, but soon fell in love with design after working on varied projects for friends.
  • Kelli uses multiple forms of materials. On her personal blog she states that she is always experimenting with new means of making images and experiences. She further states “I draw, photograph, cut, print, code and create a variety of designed things for myself and others. From interactive paper to layered, experimental websites, everything begins and ends here in my studio which houses a 1919 letterpress and an assortment of other benevolent contraptions.”
  • In 2008, she worked with a large group of collaborators, including the Yes Men, on a recreation of The New York Times. The copy was filled only with articles from a Utopian future. The piece won her and the group the Ars Electronica Prix Award of Distinction in 2009.
  • In 2011, Kelli created a paper record player, which gained the attention of several major publishers including NPR, Wired and Slashdot.
  • Kelli worked as a digital collections photographer at the American Museum of Natural History. She left this position (in 2011) to focus on her independent projects/work.
  • She currently teaches art history at The Pratt Institute
  • As far as an overall philosophy to her work, she’s stated: “Design can subvert the everyday through surreal, absurd experiences.”

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