November 2017: Kelsy Gossett

In Blog By by Haley Kedziora On March 21, 2018


Kelsy Gossett, Relations installation view



Kelsey Gossett’s Relations is an installation that converses in experiences of the artist’s transitional times through her own romantic relationships and a critique on the representation of women within popular culture. Utilizing balloons and video, the show is a honest reflection of exploration of what it means to be in love and when love leaves you.



web Kesly Gossett, still from Without You



Without You is one of two video pieces in the show. The video depicts the idea of loss and dissatisfaction in a relationship. The piece is viewed through a television which sits in the middle of the gallery. In the video is hued in pink, purple effects with the artist in a bed, trying to sleep through the night. On the other side of the bed is a balloon, a stand in for a partner, and throughout the duration of the video, the artist interacts with the balloon, sometimes humping the balloon, or not touching it at all. The video explores the limbo moments within in a romantic relationship where everyone is unsatisfied and the difficult choices of separation, or struggling through the rough times. Without You does not shy away from artist’s actions and does not present the ideal happy, loving moments that is often viewed in popular culture; the video is real, raw.





Kelsy Gossett, Relations installation view



On the left side of the gallery, in the window, are multiple balloons that cover the entirety of the glass. The balloons set the scene and the color palette of the show. The installation of the balloons leads to the piece on the wall, hanging left of the window, tilted I blew up this balloon a week after I moved out, 422 days ago, is a metaphor for one’s journey after the end of a relationship. The balloon is withered and discolored as it is contrasted against the white board. It is similarly set just like another piece that hangs on the other side of the gallery between the two video pieces. The piece is titled Mine & Yours (you never slept here) and it holds two pillow cases that is the same color of the balloon installation. The piece is a literal depiction tender sorrow of continuing onwards after all the pieces falls apart.


The last and largest piece in the show is a projection tilted Pink Paste. The video is of the artist and next to her is a woman; both are dressed in beige undergarments, looking directly into the audience. In the video, the artist and the woman try to brush each other’s teeth without looking at each other. Over time, their attempts fail and both desperately continue as toothpaste begins to fall everywhere. Pink Paste is a video where you can see the need to keep the relationship alive, but how despite all the efforts, nothing is working. The scene of the video is in a bathroom where most intimate acts occur other than the bedroom and reflects the idea of intimacy between women, which is not often seen in popular culture. Relationships within popular culture are almost always centered around heteronormative couples and even if there is a lesbian couple, they aren’t often shown with their actions to be so subtle, but also so expressive.


Kelsey Gossett’s Relations uses the personal to reflect on codependency and the hardships of romantic partnerships. The show presents a real depiction of women can relate to one another, gay relationships and how intimate, how real they are, which otherwise is not viewed in popular culture. It allows the show to be visceral, somber and complex all at the same time. Relations is the aftermath after the last goodbye, and the process of how the aftermath came to be. Nothing is simple, or sugar coated here, which is actually how relationships should be.