“Not to render the visible, but to render visible”
These paintings reveal unexpected territories.
In exploring any medium, we find the world malleable. The only reason I want to paint is to explore this. I don’t want to be fast, right, or certain. What is reported back from exploration through paint are hypotheses. They are visual statements of relationships, between forms both representative and abstract. Painting is making the mind into a skin, a floor, a wall, and a record simultaneously.
In these paintings, there are many examples of sudden contrasts: deep and flat space, dynamic and static forms, vibrant and neutral colors. These contrasts represent cohabitation. Seemingly disparate elements make the picture we inhabit. I often paint portals into the work because I think it’s a fascinating way to represent time in a 2-D world. The enigmatic portal image coexists with all other forms in a parallel way that our minds grapple with the unknown while making breakfast.
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 and animation/video. In 2015 she was awarded a professional fellowship through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.