Art, throughout time, has had many different definitions. One aspect of art, has been its ability to make a space in society where objects can have value without having utilitarian function.
Selby’s art navigates this space on the brink of utility, vacillating between function and dysfunction. Cropped Signs takes street signs that are useful and transfigures them into signs that say something absurd. The Visualizing Numbers project occupies a space between the phenomenology of numbers, and the very functional aesthetic of data visualization and information design. Her No Phone Day is a collective performance of intentional forgetting that eludes any traditional sense of performance --without site specificity or documentation.
Her work also frequently crosses the line into functionality. For example, her Erwin Wurm inspired idea to make Chair Pants (pants that become a chair) was realized by a tech company who made a 'chairless chair' exoskeleton. What does it mean for art to become actually functional? Is it still art, or is it something else? She articulates a blurring of categorical distinctions.