“Not to render the visible, but to render visible”
These paintings reveal unexpected territories.
In creating these spaces, the artist seeks wonder and absurdity equally, because she believes they are inseparable.
There are many examples of sudden contrasts: deep and flat space, dynamic and static forms, and vibrant and neutral colors. These contrasts further support the insertion of absurdity into the sublime. The biggest example is the line between abstraction and representation. Forms which loosely resemble rocks, trees, windows, or other perceived objects are partnered with otherworldly portals and abrupt brushwork. The choice of imagery attempts to create a space that lacks the figure but nonetheless feels somehow occupied.
Kelly was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her BFA in Studio Art from Hollins University. In 2005 she joined an artists collective called the Magic Twig Community. In 2008 she graduated from the MFA program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. While painting is her primary medium, she continues other interests including: music, photography and bead-work. In 2015 she was awarded a professional fellowship through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.