Neah Kelly

I am a west coast Canadian, the spawn of two artists, and raised as a Baha'i, in a creatively supportive environment where art was seen to be a form of service and catalyst for social change. Needless to say I ended up in art, first earning a BFA in studio art and print media from Concordia University in Montreal, and now completing an MFA at Indiana University in Printmaking. 

My artwork is foremost a series of investigations on form and how the mechanics of spatial tensions, colour, mark making, materiality, scale and their relationships to each other unfold and inform my process. I am interested in a purely imaginative exercise where the minimal shapes that I am using come about through intuitive preference, chance and imagination rather than the abstracting of shapes through various acts of perception, association and encounter. Play, the repetitive act of making, as well as the ensuing absurdity and chaos that unfold from the adherence to rules are a motivating curiosity in my work. What happens when we continually deconstruct one element over and over again? It becomes a cyclical process, an act of abstraction, and a way to infuse an action with intent, while removing linear interpretations that focus on the objects of process rather than the process itself. Through this action, which is linear, process also becomes abstracted and becomes an absurd act that leads towards an absurd object. All these ensuing permutations, manifestations, objects, pieces, works are about process, they are not the story in and of themselves. Together they form the story, which is one of complexity, nonsense, playfulness and the chaos that comes from creativity.