Kecya Felix Donnelly (K Sea Ya)  b. 1983 

K Sea Ya (Kecya Felix Donnelly) is a multimedia artist born and raised in Brazil, and a resident of Marin County, California. In 2008 she received a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design in Rio de Janeiro, from where she started to work as a producer, casting assistant, and stylist in domestic and international photo shoots for fashion and film production. After completion of her Bachelor's, she felt the need to investigate deeper aspects of life with art, having her first steps and references in performance art.  Still in Rio, she was immersed in the contemporary art scene in Rio and São Paulo, taking art classes at renowned art school Parque Lage and receiving mentorship and influences from artists and curators such as Ricardo Becker, Paulo Klein, Salete Barreto, and Tunga. She was encouraged to deepen her investigations in the fields of art-performance, body, and postcolonial memory. From this thread, she started to reveal new territories and explorations of healing arts related to body and space, unfolding a new creative path in California, where she moved in 2015 with her husband. In 2017 she met Anna Halprin, considered a pioneer of the experimental art form known as postmodern dance, and who referred to herself as a "breaker of the rules of modern dance." Invited by Anna, Kecya joined her Performance Lab, where she has been studying the practice of scoring movement with Anna and a group of artists.


In the domain of movement, Kecya also incorporates into her practice the Brazilian contemporary dance Silvestre Technique, which has its roots in the Yoruba traditions of northeastern Brazil.  Intermediating practices between body/ space/memory with immersive installation, film, photography, and a series of hand-crafted wearable pieces that unite natural material with medicinal qualities, her work stands as an active response to a contemplative position in the world. Above all disciplines, she is a student of the path of dharma and Buddhism, from where she creates the foundations and ethical code for her art practice.  Kecya also incorporates women's circle resources, intergeneration, and intercultural artistic collaborations. The results are called Artcura, a name given by one of her teachers and mentors in sound and healing arts, Silvia Nakkach. Woven into art, she likes to include imprints of nature and time, and her current themes dialogue on the subjects of rituals and rites of passage, feminine body/space, containers and substances, living systems in decay and ascendence. In all media, she seeks to bridge integral aesthetics based on contemplative and perennial philosophy, accommodating imperfection, catering to the sense of the ephemeral translated to art as organic poetry, inviting us to contemplate deeper and subtle aspects of emotions and sensations we experience.

 

Education

 

Arts

Certification in Sound, Voice and Healing Arts (CIIS, San Francisco 2015 - 2016)

Mentorship and Project Planning, with Ricardo Becker (EAV School of Visual Arts Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro 2009 - 2011)

 

History of Art from Classic to Contemporary Thinking, with Franz Manata (EAV School of Visual Arts Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro 2009 - 2011)

 

Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design (Veiga de Almeida University, Rio de Janeiro, 2008)

 

 

Meditation and Mindfulness

Goenka Vipassana Meditation 10 day silent course

Satipatthana Sutta course (Brazil, CA, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

 

 

Dance and Movement

Anna Halprin Lab Score ( Kentfield, CA, 2017 - present)

 

Silvestre Technique and Brazilian Folk Orixá Dance, Theory and Methodology intensive summer course with Rosangela Silvestre / Vera Passos (Funceb, Salvador, Brazil, 2016, 2017)

 

Silvestre Technique (2015 - present)

Workshop: Body Mapping and Somatics with final site-specific performance, with Nathalie Fari (Institute O Barco, São Paulo, 2013)  

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Collaborations

Silvia Nakkach: Transformances (Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, 2016 - 2017)

Cristina Cordeiro: Art-to-wear design, production, videos, performances (Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco, 2012 - present)

 

Denise Milan: Performance intervention The Birth of Venus in the Noosphere (São Paulo, 2013)

 

Ricardo Becker: Performance and photography series at Espelho Seu & Projeto Cisco (Rio de Janeiro, 2012 - 2013)

 

Residency Programs

Artspan Journal Building Art Residency (San Francisco, August 2017 - 2018)

Babalawo Satya (San Francisco 2015-2019)

Safe House Raw Residency Performance Lab 2018