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, assemblage, sculpture, installation, text and lens-based work. Recent exhibits/events include; ‘Echoes of Past Sorrows’ 2019 Solo Exhibition, TACTIC, Cork IE. ‘Sublimation’ 2019 Sound composition/event collaboration with Ellen King, The Crypt, St Luke’s Church, Cork IE. ‘Cahoots’ 2019 A4 Sounds, Dublin, IE. ‘Thresholds; The adjacent possible’, 2018 The Tapestry, Liverpool, UK. ‘Darker-half’ 2017 exhibition & Sound event collaboration with Dave Noonan, Filter, Cork, IE. ‘Adrift with Uncertainty’ 2017, The Courthouse Gallery, Clare, IE. ‘Life is worth talking about’ 2017, City Hall Atrium, Cork IE.
I am a visual artist working in mixed media print and collage, assemblage, sculpture, installation and lens-based work. As an artist I engage in an intuitive process of searching, gathering, incubation, envisioning and construction, with a particular emphasis on the representative functions of materials. I am interested in the links between events of personal significant and those that express facets of a collective unconscious and consciousness. The act of creating something new, from the fragments of that which has been broken, is a central theme and at the heart of my work. The works function primarily as sites of rupture and dislocation between the internal state and the outer world, acting figuratively to explore a compulsive need to release, by bringing into visibility what is hidden.