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Kelly Sears  (Houston, TX), The Body Besieged, digital video, 2009

Kelly Sears
Houston, Texas


Kelly Sears uses photographs as raw material for animated videos presenting a surreal and hilarious journey into the contemporary mediascape. Using digital technologies, she brings to life still images collected from a panoply of sources, including historical footage from online archives and old, thrift-store workout manuals and magazines. Filled with antic, mesmerizing movement and sound, the videos send up American pop cultural obsessions and reveal the extent to which mass-media imagery permeates contemporary consciousness. Whether leotard-clad 1970s and 1980s female aerobicizers or Kennedy-era alpha males, the protagonists in Sears’ animations inhabit a world completely composed of mechanically reproduced images—an alternate reality that, if Marshall McLuhan was right, may soon not be too different from our own.


Kelly Sears is an animator and filmmaker living in Houston, Texas. She is a 2009-2011 Core Program fellow at the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; and in galleries and film festivals internationally.