Mourning Dove – Isabel Kelly

Mourning Dove – Isabel Kelly

Mourning Dove – Isabel Kelly

What does the presence of specific birds (or lack thereof) tell you about a time and place? What can the wear and tear at the knees in heavy-duty jeans tell you about the person wearing them? My themes live within the answers to such questions, and those answers often take the form of narratives.

Each of my works have components of storytelling to be found in their details. How can objects reveal their stories, moments, actions, through their environments, forms, and gestures? By evaluating what is visible to us, we can piece together narratives of what life has to share in its details. Some of my works are visual interpretations of an existing story; in other pieces, I create narrative through their materials, methods, and embellishments. My art is object-based mixed media. My some of favorite mediums of making include textiles, digital sculpting, 3D printing, and painting. I enjoy experimenting with new processes to see how they might be incorporated into my work. I am currently learning the kinetic artistic method of automata in the hopes of applying it to my Graduate Thesis.

Isabel Kelly is an American artist who works primarily with object based mixed media. Her favorite methods of making include textiles, digital 3D printing, and painting. The themes she explores in her work often revolve around narrative. She traverses the art of storytelling by weaving details within her work. Narratives being examined can vary from theatrical plays to slice of life vignettes.

Isabel has exhibited at the 2023 University of Lethbridge Art Department Staff & Faculty Exhibition, as well as at Lawrence University in their 2021 Senior Art Exhibition. She has also interned with Third Avenue Playworks in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA and Degree Art/Artellite at Somerset House London, England. Her BA is from Lawrence University, majoring in Studio Art and Theatre and she is currently in Alberta, Canada earning her MFA in Art at the University of Lethbridge.

Date:September 9th, 2023  -  October 28th, 2023

Location:Casa - Platform

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