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Kelly O

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Ifitwas
If it was up to the....., 2008 Mixed Media, Birdcage, Tongue Depressors 15" X 13 1/2" X 12" © Denis Richardson
Corporate
Money makes the war go 'round, 2008 Mixed Media, Assemblage 24" Diameter © Denis Richardson
Famer
Fame, 2008 Collage On Tin, Glass, Starfish 5"X 7 1/2"
Img_1705
Ba seba, 2009 Mixed Media, Wood, Leather, And Glass. Kiln Formed Art Glass Pieces By Denis Richardson 3'x 3' X 10'
Wait
Waiting, 2006 Mixed Media 2"X 5"
Benchtree
You made your bed, you lie on it, 2006 Collage, Assemblage Bench 72"Wx 24"D, Palm 10'x 36" Diameter Base
Flying_eye
Flying Eye, 1997 Found Objects 25" X 12" © Susan Einstein
Virtuous
Virtuous, 1997 Assemblage 14 1/2"X 33 1/4" © Susan Einstein
Yokeoflife
Yoke of Life, 1997 Assemblage 41" Diameter © Susan Einstein
Branded
Branded, 1997 Assemblage 24"X 30" © Susan Einstein
Fam_tree
Family Tree, 1997 Assemblage 57"Hx 16 3/4"Wx 15"D © Susan Einstein
Fam_tree_detail
Family Tree (detail)
Houdini_s-handbag
Houdini's- Handbag, 1996 Found Objects 19 1/2" 19 1/2"Hx 15"Wx 9 1/2"D © Susan Einstein
Sombrerofallout
Sombrero Fallout, 1995 Assemblage 28"Hx 20 1/2"Wx 5 1/2' D © Susan Einstein
Sonbrerofall_back
Sombrero Fallout (back)
Kworkin
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Hermosa Beach, Ca.
Birth year
1970
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
Santa Monica College of Design, Art, and Architecture, 1995, Complete
Tags
assemblage installation, collage, merz mixed-media mixed-media, sculpture
Statement

 

    BiO 

Kelly O was born and raised in LA's South bay. She spent a majority of her childhood in her father’s classroom and in her parents’ studio (both were artists, her father taught sculpture for over 36 years.)

After years of academic struggle, she found that she is dyslexic, also known as a visual experiential. She learns by sight and experience, and therefore communicates best with pictures and objects in a three dimensional way.

Kelly took drawing classes in high school at Pasadena Art Center and after graduation registered at the local community college in just about every art class that was offered. She focused on jewelry making and metal smithing, but still hadn't found her language in materials. She was told of a mentorship program in Santa Monica called Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture and applied immediately.

She studied there for two years with many great artists; George Herms, Laddie John Dill, Jill Geigrich, Allison Saar, Frank Romero, Anne Troutman, Deborah Sussman and others. Yet it was while working under the influence of George Herms, when she found an instant passion for the naturally corroded and decayed, and began to explore the idea of bringing life into the discarded. She graduated in 1997.

Shortly after finishing her first body of work, she became pregnant with her first of two children. Not having the freedom of escaping to her studio meant bringing the studio to her. She started the collage series on small pieces of wood and tin. These also have elements of found objects and incorporate her painting skills as well. Her latest pieces go back to the studio work, larger assemblage and her passion for "piecing, connecting, and concocting".