Hi, Kellee! Give us some background and tell us what you’re working on.
I’m a photographer, writer, and media arts educator. I’m a community organizer in Women’s Creative Collective, an organization that focuses on using art as means to create community and promote healing.
My current project is the La 2011 La Manifestación Skillshare Retreat, a space where women-centered and gender-variant collectives from all over Los Angeles will journey to the forest to explore radical healing through workshops focused on community and personal health, artistic expression, and reconnecting to nature. I’m also the youth coordinator for MOPLA (Month of Photography LA) and I helped to develop SNAPSHOP!, a photography program for at-risk youth.
I’m working on a cross-country documentary project recording the ways in which people memorialize life. [Check out her Tumblr!] I am also the co-founder of the blog GrowNativeKnow, an adventure that explores native plant friends for food and medicine in order to reduce our dependence on the oppressive system we live in.
Wow. And you’re a teacher, too?
I am a working artist teacher for Venice Arts In Neighborhoods and Step Up Women’s Network.
Why’d you join our loving team?
Everyone featured in the BR!NK is truly inspiring to me. The BR!NKers are people who are following their passions and are making a splash! These are the kind of people I want to be around; crazy creative individuals who find the magic way to turn their passions into something amazing.
Give us one of your favorite websites.
This is one of my favorite blogs! A radical blogspot dedicated to the knowledge of leading a culinary life that is rooted in foodways that demonstrate justice through both an indigenous social and ecological lens.
You’re so involved and passionate about what you do. What inspires you, creatively?
I’m inspired by the art of Sabrina Ward Harrison, and Graciela Iturbide’s photography projects in Southern Mexico with her mujeres fuertes.
So what could BR!NK do for you?
I am looking to connect with folks interested in community and personal healing, participant-based photography, and the preservation of stories. Specifically, I want to connect with some folks who would be interested in creating a project with/around youth whose lives have been drastically impacted by the prison industrial system.