Kelly Spivey

Fruitcake, super 8mm, 3min, 2000
November 11, 2009, 8:59 pm
Filed under: films, Fruitcake

santa copy

Fruitcake is a cut-out animation originally shot on kodachrome super8 film. Utopian scenes of Christmas and household domesticity from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s magazines were clipped, shattered and animated to reveal the structures beneath the facade of liquor-laden fruitcake making bliss. Kris-Kringle is a degenerate and creepy dolls come to life to trick-or-treat. A distorted music-box sound track provides an off-kilter accompaniment to this well-aged dysfunctional mini-melodrama. 2000 (click on image for excerpt)


Poor White Trash Girl: Class Consciousness, 16mm, 6min, 2003
November 11, 2009, 8:51 pm
Filed under: films, Poor White Trash Girl


Poor White Trash Girl: Class Consciousness, is a semi-autobiographical fictional animation, based on the life of a poor white girl who lives amidst Fisherprice Little People.  In this episode, Class Consciousness, we observe poor white trash girl making sense of her middle class neighbor’s life and the jealous rage that results from the recognition of inequity. 2003 (click on image to view a YouTube excerpt)

polaroid, 24 x 30, oil, 2008
November 11, 2009, 10:15 am
Filed under: paintings


Stef, 23 x 35, tempura, 2008
November 11, 2009, 10:13 am
Filed under: paintings


Mom, 26 x 40, tempura, 2008
November 11, 2009, 10:12 am
Filed under: paintings


Keep Up With Medicine, super 8mm, 3min, 2001
November 11, 2009, 10:09 am
Filed under: films, Keep Up With Medicine

Medicine 3

Keep Up With Medicine is a super8 animation, shot using vintage advertising images cut from magazines. Getting shots, popping pills, and curing ills are practices examined and put under the micro lens of my super8 camera. The results of this medical exam are alternative routes to health and well being. 2001 (click on image to see a short YouTube excerpt)


Fish Under Delancey, 16mm, 26min, 2006
November 11, 2009, 10:02 am
Filed under: films, Fish Under Delancey


Traveling from Flushing to Manhattan via the subway, as well as throughout NYC, I became entranced by the tile murals that line many subway platforms. The tunneling of the subways through bedrock and beneath the city, the people who ride the subway, the sound of a screeching train, and the slogan, “If you see something, say something” inspired this stop-motion, eavesdropping, dreamlike journey film. The film also follows the poet and writer Eileen Myles on parts of the journey. 2006 (click on image to view YouTube excerpt)