Kathryn Kelly graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2009 with an Honours degree in Fashion Design. She currently lives and works in Cork, Ireland and holds a studio at Sample-Studios Centre for Contemporary Arts, in Cork City. Her creative practice at present is predominantly in the field of visual art, working with mixed media print and collage, sculpture, installation, text and lens-based work. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include, 'Darker Half' 2017, a collaborative project with Dave Noonan, at Filter, Cork, Ireland. 'Adrift with Uncertainty' 2017, as part of a three person show at the a Courthouse Gallery, Clare, Ireland, curated by Anne Mullee. Exhibited as part of the group show 'life is work talking about' 2017, City Hall Atrium, Cork Ireland, curated by Aideen Quirke. In 2016 she exhibited a solo exhibition ‘Whispered Beginnings’, as part of Cork Photo Fest 2016, Cork Ireland. ‘Void Manifested’ 2016, an Installation at Kfest Art & Music Festival, Kerry, Ireland. ‘Soul Yearnings’ 2015, a two person exhibition at the Iontas Arts Centre, Monaghan, Ireland, with Maureen Considine.
As an artist I engage in an intuitive process of searching, gathering, incubation, envisioning and construction. My creative practice works consciously and subconsciously to explore and reveal ongoing and re-occurring themes such as mental and bodily sensation, trauma, fragmentation, distortion, death, the surreal, the soul and the 'shadow self'. The creation of something new from the fragments of that which has been broken is a significant objective objective of the work and forms the basis of my visual compositions.
Themes can all act as a conscious starting place when going about the process of making art work and alternatively themes may emerge subconsciously from the act of creating the assembled work itself. The works function primarily as sites of division and dislocation between the internal state and the outer world.