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Kathy Kelley

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Dream Fragments (detail), 2016 Mattress Dermal and Subdermal Layers, Canvas, Rebar 25'h X 11' Base Diameter © Kathy Kelley
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dream fragments, 2016 Mattress Dermal and Subdermal Layers, Canvas, Rebar Varies © photo: Jared Stanley
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dream fragments (detail), 2016 Mattress Dermal and Subdermal Layers, Canvas, Rebar Varies © photo: Jared Stanley
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dream fragments (detail), 2016 Mattress Dermal and Subdermal Layers, Canvas, Rebar Varies
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Dream Fragments (detail), 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses Varies © kathryn kelley
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Dream Fragments (detail), 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses '25h X 12' Base Diameter © kathryn kelley
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feral fragments, 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses Varies © kathryn kelley
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feral fragments, 2016 Mattress Dermal and Subdermal Layers, Canvas, Rebar Varies © kathryn kelley
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feral fragments, 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses Varies © kathryn kelley
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dream state primal fragments, 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses 10' X 9' X 36" © kathryn kelley
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dream state primal fragments, 2016 Dermal + Subdermal Layers of Found Mattresses 10' X 9'x 36" © kathryn kelley
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failure to thrive, 2016 Remnant Rubber, Wood, Clips 10' X 7' X 30" © kathryn kelley
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archiving the distentions of memory (not to scale), 2015 Found Materials Sphere 6' Diameter © kk
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archiving the distentions of memory (not to scale), 2015 Found Materials Varies (occupies Room 119' X 50 © kk
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archiving the distentions of memory (not to scale), 2015 Found Materials Spheres Range 6' © kk
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archiving the distentions of memory, 2015 Found Materials Varies Spheres Range From 6' to 10' in Diameter © kk
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archiving the distentions of memory (not to scale), 2015 Found Materials Varies Balls Range From 6' in Diameter to 10' (strands Extend as Much as 50') © kathryn kelley
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings, 2015 Doors 20' X 11' X 10' © kk
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings, 2015 Doors 20' X11' X 10' © kk
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings, 2015 Doors, Rubber Table 20' X 11' X 10'; Rubber > 14' X 8' X 6' © kk
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings, 2015 Deconstructed Doors ~20' X 11' X 10' © kathryn kelley
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings, 2012 Doors, Rubber 20' X 11' X 7' © kk
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i dissolve these fabricated seatings (in process), 2012 Doors 20' X 11' X 7' © kk
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monsters in the attic, 2013 Rubber, Doors 18' X 8' X 8' © kk
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without your forgiveness, i am bound to what happened between us , 2013 Rubber and Rebar 9' X 6' X 6' © kk
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even in my unmoaring | in the unraveling | i repeat myself, 2013 Rubbar, Wood, Wire 12' X 3' X 3' © kk
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purging, 2014 Steel Tip Boots, Fire [photo Documentation] © kk
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experimental familial portrait, 2013 Rubber, Plaster, Wood 8' X 2' X 2' © kk
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incessant thinking and incessant thinking (again), 2012 Rubber ~3' X 3' X 3' Each © kk
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The uncontrollable nature of grief and forgiveness (or lack of), 2013 Found Materials Varies
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dissolving memory, 2013 Found Material 9' X 8' X 12' © kk
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dissolving memory, 2013 Found Materials 10' X 4' X 3' © kk
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barren plains of back turned could have beens (monsters in the attic), 2012 Rubber, Doors 14' X 6' X 6' © kk
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without your forgiveness, i am bound to what happened between us, 2011 Rubber, Doors, Rebar Varies © kk
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even in my unmoaring | in the unraveling | i repeat myself, 2011 Remnant Rubber, Pipeyard Oak, Wire ~3' X 3' X 12' Each © kk
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even in my unmoaring | in the unraveling | i repeat myself, 2011 Remnant Rubber, Pipeyard Oak, Wire ~3' X 3' X 12' Each © kk
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief), 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief), 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief) , 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief), 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief), 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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title unresolved (but i do know the piece is about the uncontrollable nature of grief), 2010, installed at I-Park Remnant Tire Tubes, Baling Wire, Rebar ~40' X 8' Diameter at Mouth X 2.5' Diameter at Tree Tops, ~ 600 Pds © kkelley
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when i shut up love the door bangs closed i pound and scrape my fingers bloody with prying but without love without hope tightly shut it remains i smell the void the vacancy   the remotest parting and i find my lips part as they press to the frame to dri, 2010 Remnant Urban Refuse 18' X 10' X 6' © kkelley
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as the ache swells in me there is a splintering at the horizon of today fragments of yesterday and tomorrow   and i listen at this abyss as the beyond beckons me with its urgency and passion   i open my splintered self to it and it whisper, 2010 Remnant Urban Refuse 14' X 10' X 4' © kkelley
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i breathe   i could no longer stay self sequestered there in the tower of my making   there is no good way to destroy one's own tower while remaining inside there is no good way to get down without help   no one came   i crumbled the tower of my makin, 2010 Remnant Urban Refuse 10' X 10' X 10' © kkelley
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in the space of absence, 2008 Remnant Foam, Baling Wire 9' X 2' Each (25 Units) © Kathy Kelley
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clawing for eden [series: suckling is continuous but no longer functional], 2007 Remnant Tubes, Balin Wire 6' X 9' X 5' © kkelley
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suckling is continuous but no longer functional, 2008 Remnant Tires, Tubes, Balin Wire, Rebar 12', 8', 6' in Diameter © kkelley
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suckling is continuous but no longer functional, 2007 Remnant Tubes, Balin Wire 3' X 3' X 3' © kkelley
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when vision and delusion are no longer distinguishable (suckling series), 2007 Remnant Tires, Tubes, Balin Wire 3' X 3' Each © JR Compton of Dallas Art Revue
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Wish and will depart, urge and impulse infiltrate—my being or lack there of [suckling series], 2007 Remnant Tubes, Balin Wire 6' X 9' X 2' © kkelley
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grr. [suckling is continuous but no longer functional series], 2008 in process Remnant Tubes, Balin Wire 8' X 9' X 3' © kkelley
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Quick Facts
Lives in
Lubbock
Works in
Lubbock/Houston
Schools
Texas Tech University, 2019, PhD
University of Houston, 2006, MFA
Texas A&M, BS
Tags
found-object, sculpture
Statement

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.

http://kathykelley.us

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.

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