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. Upcoming in 2019; ‘Echoes of past Sorrows’ a solo exhibition at The Crypt, St Lukes, Cork, Ireland. Recent exhibits include; ‘Thresholds; The adjacent possible’, 2018 The Tapestry, Liverpool, UK. ‘Darker-half’, 2017 a collaborative exhibition/event with Dave Noonan at Filter, Cork Ireland. ‘Adrift with Uncertainty’ 2017 at the Courthouse Gallery, Clare, Ireland. ‘Life is work talking about’ 2017, City Hall Atrium, Cork Ireland. ‘Whispered Beginnings’, Cork Photo Fest 2016, Cork Ireland. ‘Void Manifested’ 2016, an Installation at Kfest Art & Music Festival, Kerry, Ireland.
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, death, the surreal and the ‘shadow self’. 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 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.