Biography

Kelsey Arrington (African American, b. 1992) is an artist best known for her conceptual photographs of dancers. Born in Detroit, MI, she earned her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2015. Arrington developed an early interest in art, particularly the works of Edgar Degas, Frida Kahlo, Kara Walker and Seydou Keita. In all of her work, Arrington combines a wide range of references from surrealism to impressionism to portraiture. With concepts rooted in the exploration of her own Blackness, Arrington explores the female figure and the intersections of performance and identity.