University of Houston, 2006, MFA
Texas A&M, BS
Kathryn is founding president of BOX 13 ArtSpace, an experimental nonprofit art space in Houston. Kelley has been selected for numerous solo exhibitions—Art League Houston, Women and Their Work, Lawndale Art Center. She was invited to create an installation for the Texas Biennial in 2011. She has also received numerous fellowships for artist residencies, most recently Vermont Studio Center, I-Park, Darke Gallery. She has also shown work in Mexico, Peru, and Spain. Kelley holds an MFA from the University of Houston, and is currently in the Fine Arts Doctoral Program [Critical Theory + Artistic Practices] at Texas Tech University.
I have fallen into a void where there is no individuality, no unique private world, no authorship or originality. I find myself not in utopia but dystopia. There is no space; there is no silence. All inventions have been invented and recombination replaces creation. I fight the void. I become incapable of representing my current experience except through things that already exist. I dredge the archives seeking new meaning through new combinations. A rapid rhythm of change accelerates as I move through the limited number of combinations. Empty space is filled up. I consume all. Signifiers fail to link into coherent wholes. I pile up the appropriated fragments ceaselessly and empty them of their significance. The promise of new meaning evades me. The narrative stands still. Reality becomes that which is defined by media. Life is subordinate to the laws of the market. High and low culture merge. I sense loss and I drink Diet Coke like a dog gets excited about going for a walk ON A LEASH.