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BIO

Paula Kelley is a multidisciplinary artist working with photography, drawing, sculpture and video. Fusing ecosystem and cohabitation, her works evokes a sense of contemplation, steeped heavily in research and produced in unconventional methods. Trained in metal and welding, her background working in large scale sculpture has given volume to her self-taught unorthodox practices in uses of materials and processes.

Using various cameras, both analog and digital, she documents moments, perspectives and situations with a keen sense of connection to time and place. Paying special attention to subtle details and how those details play in the larger scene. She focuses on the big picture making sure to capture the essence of her surroundings and how her environment challenges thought of modernity. Producing large scale images she mixes her sculptural works to create new environments through installation.

Her sculptures are unsettling compositions of both green and fired clay, plaster, wax and yarn, existing from movement and energy, hanging on a thin balance both fragile and fierce. These objects include materials like clay and plaster oozing in candy colored wax, a reference to our natural environment fused with man made materials like yarn. Other sculptures reference our natural world directly, questioning the fragility of our ecosystem. Her compositions are based on deep research and presented in thought provoking ways in three dimensional spaces.

   

Email:pk@paulajkelley.com

Copyright owner of all images / all content

Paula J Kelley

(954) 829-3229

b.Anderson South Carolina

EDUCATION

1989-1990 // Visual Arts, College of Charleston, SC

1997-2008 // Apprentice and Assistant to Peter Giovenco, metal sculptor, Ft. Lauderdale Florida

2006-2008 // Full Circle Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, partners with Peter Giovenco showcasing and exhibiting local artists

2019 – Current // Apprentice to Lauren Shapiro, master ceramicist, Miami Florida

EXHIBITIONS / COMMISSIONS

Recent

2019 // bs: a look @ bus stops in Miami-Dade, HistoryMiami Museum, July 9- September 18, Miami FL – photography, ephemera, bus stop models

Previous

2019 // Photography Project for The Dalmore Society

2018 // Photography Commission for Connor Harrington

2018 // Photography Commission for Private Collection, Dallas TX

2018 // Photography Commission for Rinaldi, Collins Park Hotel, Miami Beach FL

2018 // Photography Project for Rag & Bone, NYC – Miami Design District, Miami FL

2018 // Photography Commission for Solid, Brooklyn, New York, Sun Xun Project

2017 – 2018 // Photography Project for The Rinaldi Company, New York NY

2017 // Photography Project for Rag & Bone, NYC – Miami Design District, Miami FL

2017 // Photography Project for Goldman Global Arts, Wynwood, Miami FL

2017 // Exhibition – Until the Darkness Falls / Dreams My Mother Bequeathed, Large Scale Photography, Clay Sculptures, Print on Vellum – mixed media Installation, Alfred I. DuPont Building, Diorama Project, Miami FL

2017 // Exhibition – Post Card, Northwyn Studios, Miami FL

2017 // Exhibition – Visual Remix, Gallery 2612, Miami FL

2017 // Polaroids of Sun Xun project Miami Beach – Commissioned by MA3 Agency, New York, NY

2009 // Exhibition – Book Arts, Hilton Chicago, Chicago IL

2008 // Exhibition – Bad Art, Hilton Chicago, Chicago IL

1998 – Current // Ceramic and clay sculptures, paintings and photography commissions for private clients: Boca Raton FL, Ft. Lauderdale FL, Key West FL, NYC, Greenville SC, Miami FL, Santé Fe NM, Charlotte NC, Brooklyn NY, Berkeley CA, San Francisco CA, Asheville NC, Dallas TX