Kelly conceives work that delves deep into the human psyche. Her excursions to various isolated, geographical landmarks permeate her practice with solitary melancholia.
She explores and visualises the subjects of loneliness, isolation and grief. Driven by a compelling emotional consistency, her works invite the audience to rest and reflect.
The higher we ascend, the more endangered we become. When we reach the brink of collapse, we somehow find resolution and spirit to continue.
When faced with overwhelming human confusions, nature is humbling. It threatens our belief that we are the centre of the universe. It crushes the importance of our existence by bewildering our sense of time. This towering avalanche of rancid fleeces captures natures ferocious capacity to undermine.
The cradled droplet at the centre of this work contains sixty-four litres of water collected from the river Arth. This is the volume of tears we cry in our lifetime. Some are shed in moments of elation and rapture, but most fall as a result of pain and sorrow. In these grief-struck moments, we are vulnerable and exposed to the inevitability of melancholy.
These fragile vessels hold the air from the most northerly and southerly points of Wales. The journey undertaken to bring together the atmosphere from two extreme ends of a country outlines the measures we take to replenish the feeling of emptiness.
In the absence of communication, the sounds of others activate your conscience. The silent symphony of voices in your head summons you to greet the past. These mute calls are a source of comfort, an assurance that you are not alone in your reticence. These conversations rely on being familiar with the sound of another. Being close to them. If someone is no longer here, their vibration fades, and their sound disappears. They are silent.
Commission for Kunstkollectivet 8b.
Supported by UNESCO Geo Park Project
'Hâf Dagrau' 2019
'Milwyr Awyr' 2018
'I'm Trying To Remember The Sound Of You' 2020
Silence Awareness Existence Residency Programme