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.
As an artist she engages in an intuitive process of searching, gathering, envisioning and construction, with a particular emphasis on the representative functions of materials. What interests her are the links between events of personal significant and those that express facets of a collective unconscious and consciousness. Her creative practice works consciously and subconsciously to explore and reveal ongoing and re-occurring themes such as, mental and bodily sensation, trauma, transience, transformation, death, otherness and the surreal. The creation of something new from the fragments of that which has been broken is a significant objective of the work and forms the basis of her compositions. The process of deconstruction to reconstruction often utilized, where the artwork is made from an assembly of different forms, resulting in the creation of a new whole, is a vital part of the meanings within the work itself and restorative in its nature.
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.