Danielle Kelly is an artist and writer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelly’s project-based practice ranges from installation to performance and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Portland. Kelly’s writing has appeared in such regional publications as Las Vegas Weekly and Desert Companion. Kelly is the Executive Director and Curator of the Neon Museum. She has done a series of interviews with artists with ties to Las Vegas for celebration of our music issue.
1) What is your relationship to sound in the studio?
The studio is a sacred space. I currently occupy a studio in a shared environment and love the energy and interaction with other artists; however, I am sensitive to hearing other people’s music. My process requires me to write, read and do delicate gestures, none of which can flow when the atmosphere is off balance. I find myself going to the studio at off-hours when I am control the vibe and avoid distractions.
2) What is your relationship to music in the studio?
The studio can be lonely and isolating. Music can help. I listen to a combination of art related podcasts, student run radio and lots of hip-hop/rap. Each has its place. If I need to be fearless, pumped up, and can’t stop for coffee I listen to rap. If I’m feeling far away from NY I listen to the Columbia radio station and I instantly feel the energy and moodiness of the city. When I’m having doubt or want to be reminded what really matters I listen to Bad at Sports, my favorite art podcast.
Classic hip-hop radio. I listen to new rap while I work out and the classics in the studio. I’m desperately looking for more female rappers to add to the playlist, if anyone has suggestions…
4) What would be your desert island studio record?
Well, if I’m the only female on this island I think I’m bringing Peaches (The Teaches of Peaches). I think she would give me the confidence to do something big, something that would either get me rescued or killed trying. I couldn’t survive long by myself on an island.
Audrey Barcio is a current MFA candidate at UNLV. Coming from Los Angeles, she has exhibited work in France, California, New York, Nevada, Illinois & Indiana. Audrey is also an independent curator and blogs for Field Projects Gallery in New York. See more of her work here.