Kayleigh O’Keefe: Artist Statement
I am Kayleigh O’Keefe: World Famous Artiste, Glorious Leader of Gash Land, Fist Queen, Flabzilla, Pervert Siren and Physical Gape Practitioner. I use live art and film to engage with themes of sexuality, body acceptance and non-assimilationist social assertion.
I utilise humour and the absurd to connect with diverse audiences.
I revel in humanity.
I use my fat body to provoke, express and challenge.
I am interested in the cumulative effect of my open nudity and raw physicality.
I deliberately blur the line between my art and my life.
“In a world where art is more a commodity than a site of public engagement and critique, O’Keefe ‘holds our feet to the fire’ (or wherever she’d like them to be) with brilliant humor” – Krissy Mahan, dykeumentary.com, 2015
Kayleigh O’Keefe is a contemporary artist working in performance, video and film. She was born in Sheffield (1986), received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Falmouth College of Arts (2008) and currently lives in London.
Her films have screened internationally at arts, queer, niche and mainstream events/film festivals including LSFF, Analogica, UAMO, Entzaubert, Experimental Studio, Radicals #1, and Wotever@BFI. She has performed at events including Buzzcut, Modern Panic, Deep Trash Italia, Queer Experiments and Fannying On.
Gash Land, Live Art Bistro: What a Drag, 2016
#GASHLAND, Buzzcut, 2016
Gash Land: Psychedelic Menstrual Hut, Modern Panic 6, 2015
Gash Land: Psychedelic Menstrual Hut, More Peas Summer Party, 2015
Gash Land: Let’s Talk Abaht Gash, Queer Experiments, 2015
Gash Land: various performances, Fannying On 2, 2015
Gash Land, various performances, Fannying On, 2015
Flaps Theatre, performance, Dandifest,2014
There’s a Fine Line Between Fertility and War, performance, Hamburger Queen, 2013
Pink Bear Hunt, interactive adventure, E17 Art Trail, 2012
Wood Street Whimsy, interactive installation, Wood Street Market, 2012
T’Story O’ Me Life, performance, Live Art Falmouth, 2008
My Life as a Magician, performance, Live Art Falmouth, 2007
Selected Screenings & Exhibitions
Final Girls Film Fest, 2017
SQIFF: Queers in the City, 2016
Wotever @ BFI, 2015
Deep Trash Italia #5, 2015
Radicals #1 Performance evening, 2015
House of Voodoo, 2014
Modern Panic V, 2014
Folkestone Fringe Open, 2014
DarkRoom at Penryn Arts Festival 2014
Selected Press / Coverage
So Sexy I Shat Me’sen, Luisa Le Voguer Couyet for Hate, 2016
This Artist’s Childish Utopia Could be the Cure for Po-faced Activism, Joe Bish for Vice, 2016
Live Art, Sex, Death and Community, Megan Garrett-Jones for RealTime, 2016
Gash Dramaturgy: Kayleigh O’Keefe @ Buzzcut, Gareth Vile, 2016