St. Louis-based artist Kelley Carman creates mid to large-scale compositions primarily of paint or found objects. She gives the audience time and a stage to contemplate the piece and perspective. Her use of found objects can prompt reflection in the observer, with changes in perception, utility, and evolution of necessity or obsolescence.
When using paint, Kelley builds with three-dimensional layers creating a profusion of overlapping textures, techniques, and colors, featuring clusters of architectural forms, irregular shapes, and fanciful lines. She considers “accidents” and detours an important part of her process and, by extension, the finished piece. Kelley’s works are created with an eye to scale, balance, color, and surface interest, and the end result is a strong visual statement that combines artistry, whimsy, and distinction.
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