Kelly Sears is at work on an experimental animation titled Proceed in Total Darkness, a science fiction instructional film about military reconnaissance, and a script for an animated western about manifest destiny, economic collapse, and unregulated development. In her work, she intervenes with archival materials from America’s post-war history through cutting up, collaging, and compositing film and media source materials. Her most recent film, Pattern for Survival (2015), screened at the 2015 San Francisco International Film Festival and is currently featured as a video essay in the latest issue of TriQuarterly. Her film Voice on the Line was recently featured on the 2014-2015 Sundance Film Festival animated shorts tour. She has screened her work at film festivals such as Sundance, South by Southwest, American Film Institute, Ann Arbor, Black Maria, and museums such as The Hammer Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Kelly Sears worked in the Mansfield studio.
The Helen Coolidge Mansfield Studio was donated by graduates of the Mansfield War Service Classes for Reconstruction Aides. Helen Mansfield helped found the New York MacDowell Club. The small, shingled frame structure with stone foundation was originally fronted on the west side by a neat white picket fence and gate, a garden, and a stone pathway…