Chelsea Cafe Project #17

Display # 17

Caught in the Act

Kelise Franclemont

2015 MA Fine Art student Stephen Hennessy at work, 2015 copyright Kelise Franclemont

2015 MA Fine Art student at work, 2015 copyright Kelise Franclemont

This exhibition of digital photographic prints by Kelise Franclemont, candidly documents preparation for the final MA Fine Art Summer show in August 2015. Stealing a glimpse of artists in the act of making, the images invite an intimacy with the subject. Taken on an iPhone without the artist’s knowledge or permission, these documents are being shared publicly for the first time as Display #17 for Chelsea Cafe Project.

These images capture fragmentary moments of production, becoming part of the history and biography of artist and artwork. By sharing these perceived intimacies, the photographer is embedding themselves within a narrative to an externalised audience; invited here to observe the relationship between the maker and the made.

Artist statement:

Kelise Franclemont’s art practice orbits around visual story-telling that goes with remembering and identity, often considering the immutable line between Other and Self. In a widely multi-disciplinary practice that ranges between drawing, installation and object-making to digital media and performance, she will often appropriate materials, objects, or other more ephemeral cultural artefacts such as ritual, using story-telling tactics to remake these artefacts into a new narrative, or into a newly-contrived situation based on some truth, allowing the viewer to discover truths of his or her own.

A practicing artist and recent graduate of the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts (2015), Kelise Franclemont lives and works in London. Upcoming exhibitions include: Office Sessions V: Beak Street, London and Ruins of Time at the Crypt Gallery, London (both November 2015).

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About the project

The Chelsea Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact Cherie Silver at or in person at CHELSEA space.