Kelley is best known for his soft sculptural assemblages and installations of the late 1980s and early 1990s, which incorporated crocheted afghans, dolls, and stuffed animals. In Four Part Butter-Scene N'Ganga
, four washtubs full of brightly colored, mysteriously textured globs of vermiculite and plastic fruit and vegetables are held by an armature of pipe and wire. At its base, a cacophony of grunts and gasps--the "butter scene" from Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris
The tubs in this work simulate n'ganga pots, cauldrons containing a fetid stew of body parts and other exotic and mundane materials that might be used in Santeria rituals. According to the artist, "the n'ganga is considered the repository of enslaved tortured souls who are bound to carry out the evil spirits of the magician. . . . The n'ganga stew is the limitless erotic made manifest . . . it is the pot which gives chaos its form and, in doing so, limits it."