Christopher Lee Kennedy is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who creates site-specific projects that examine conventional notions of ‘Nature’ and the biocultural possibility of interspecies agency and collaboration. With a background in environmental engineering, Kennedy playfully re-imagines field science techniques, in addition to new forms of storytelling to develop embodied research, installations, sculptures, prints and publications that aim to visualize and recontextualize complex social and ecological systems. For the past few years, Kennedy has been increasingly interested in how urban ecological systems are adapting to global climate shifts including rising temperatures, toxic soils, mega-droughts, flooding events, and unprecedented urban development. His projects aim to question conventional notions of “wilderness” and “nature,” and to re-think the value of so-called wastelands — vacant lots, highway medians, post-industrial sites and transient green spaces — as ecologically, culturally, and politically important for both humans and non-humans.
Kennedy was born in Ocean County, New Jersey and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Kennedy has worked collaboratively on projects shown at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the Levine Museum of the New South, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, the Ackland Art Museum and the Queens Museum. Kennedy holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education from NYU, and a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies from the University of North Carolina. He is currently a Guest Lecturer in Sustainable Systems at Parsons School of Design, New School University.