Ley Killeya

Artist Statement

Working with acrylics and a range of printmaking techniques, Ley addresses questions of identity, belonging, and acceptance. Eschewing clear markers of person or place, she configures the body simply with line, form, and color, incorporating influences from artists such as Matisse, Hyangmok Baik, Egon Schiele, and NC-based Reneesha Mccoy. She is interested in how our bodies and the ways others perceive them – the parts we have, the way we look, with whom we share them – are used to confer power, limit rights, exercise control, and interrogate identity.

Although not formally trained, Ley took many studio and art history courses as an undergraduate. She is a member of the Durham Art Guild and The Fine Arts League of Cary. She has shown her work at many juried exhibitions and community art showcase events.

Ley was born in England, travelled widely across Europe, and later settled in the northeastern United States, where she attended Queens College (NY) and earned her PhD from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She moved to the Triangle area with her family in 2004 and has worked in various research management roles at Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill.

Email:  ley.killeya.jones@gmail.com
Instagram:  @art__ley