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. Forthcoming in 2016, she will be exhibiting a solo show in the Red Couch Space, at the Courthouse Gallery, Clare, Ireland. Most recent exhibits include, ‘Whispered Beginnings’, a solo exhibition 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. Assembled works make use of a symbolic language to explore and make reference to both unconscious forces and conscious perception. These made pieces act figuratively to explore a compulsive need to release, by bringing into visibility what is hidden.
Through the use of text, developed from a type of ‘automatic writing’ I practice, found objects and imagery, dream recall, symbolism and theory, I work to create imagery and give form to invisible sensory stimuli, revealing accounts of psychological, emotional and bodily experience and sensation.
These layered narratives are emphasized by the methods and applications used, creating impressions of instability and fragmentation, remoteness and separation, while illustrating and navigating conflicting states of being. The works function primarily as sites of rupture and dislocation between the internal state and the outer world.