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S. Kay Young

Bloody Run | 13″ x 19″ | Archival Pigment Print | 2018


Artist Statement 

S. Kay Young is a Detroit based artist known for her large scale photographs, captured throughout the study of nature. Young’s work is developed through instructions and stories given by Elders while suspended in sleep. Her dreams have been the impetus for her calling as an artist, beginning as a small child. Respect for nature, trees and a surreal mystery are revealed as the viewer visually walks through the images. A familiarity germinates when the abstract becomes concrete. The spine where the images meet, both vertical and horizontal, uncover the spirits of the beings residing in those quiet locations. The phenomenon is created by fractals-the beings in the spines are apparent. The digital files are processed in computer programs, mirrored by the original single image three times or more.


Artist Website + Social Media: 
Instagram @prunellascales 

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.