Artist Statement

Shay Salehi (she/her) is a New York based artist utilizing interdisciplinary sculpture and installation to explore themes of repetition and self-destruction. 

Anchored by her passion against human domination over nonhuman animals, Shay is interested in dismantling the structures that enforce interspecies dominance and the ownership and capitalization of non-human animal bodies. Shay works with installation, sculpture, kinetics and video to create visual metaphors that analyze societal structures. Her goal is to create dialogue, - while building awareness,- about our use of the animal body and the human animal boundary. Through this work, she provides the audience with an opportunity to contemplate themes such as dominance, domestication and the experience of deciphering our ethical standards. 

In 2020, Shay received a BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) in Sculpture and Installation. Previous to OCADU, Shay studied glasswork at Sheridan College (2011-2014), and continues to make sculptural glasswork. She is currently completing her MFA of Fine Art at Parsons New School in Manhattan, New York.

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