Kelly's art is clearly influenced by the emotions, trials, tribulations, and triumphs of her personal life. We can follow her work, like signposts, and see the way she's journeyed through a personal and creative life on the precipice of sweeping changes.
There is tremendous power in this authenticity. It whisks us to far-flung locales perched on richly surreal terrain, inhabited by the majestic, haunting, and bizarre. So read on. Let's learn more.
Kelly's connection with creativity includes music, and we see how it drives the complexity of her visual art. In her words:
"I had some natural-born talent with music. I could play by ear and had perfect pitch. But due to my parent's divorce at age 9 and subsequent uprooting, my music education was put on hold, so I focused on art instead. I'm totally fine with that, though. I have a profound appreciation for music and it often directly inspires what I create."
And perhaps most interesting of all: "I have 6 forms of synesthesia! It's neither a talent nor a skill, but it definitely influences how I work."
We've got to hear more about that at Con when we get a chance to meet Kelly in person!
"[l] often regard most of my work as self-portraiture, since I can look back on pieces created a year or two prior and see how my life circumstances at the time influenced the work. Looking back on the last three years, I can see myself maturing significantly. There's less "looking in" that would've been caused by self-absorption and general introspection. These days, it's more about looking out, [acknowledging] my place in this universe, and with a display of confidence and wisdom that's come with the grand shift that takes place when you have a child - you're no longer the center of your own universe!"
Impasse, from Kelly's showing at the Antler Gallery in Portland, is a breathtaking look at this inner landscape during a time of great transition, growth, and emergence in Kelly's life. The primal texture of watercolors in this piece, coupled with the emotional allegory, really makes our heart skip a beat.
We're excited to get to know Kelly and her work in person, and are deeply honored that the Kevin Workman Foundation's livery will be featured alongside her incredible art at the largest pop art and comic convention in the world.
We invite you to learn more about Kelly, to get excited, to be inspired. To share your excitement, and to inspire.
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