Find What You Seek

2017

Wood, acrylic

30" x 30"

Exploring the subject of "otherness," these framed wooden stones became the genesis for the current body of work shown today

In Community

2018

Acrylic on canvas, plaster, paper, pastel

48" x 30"

Life in progress. The push and pull of shared space. Relationships formed and marks made. Structures in stages of demolition and reconstruction.

Cornerstone

2018

Acrylic on canvas, plaster, paper, pastel

48" x 30"

Primitive shapes of dwelling structures repeat throughout "Dwelling Apart Together" series. These elemental shapes, including pointed and rounded roofs, help us visualize what individuals look like engaged (or disengaged) in community.

Night Vigil

2019

Acrylic on canvas, charcoal

48" x 36"

Keeping watch over those who are hurting. Making space for even the most difficult stories. Learning to pay attention to what happens outside our own walls.

Consequential Strangers

2019

Acrylic on canvas, charcoal, ink, spackle 

48" x 25"

Meaningful connections can come from unexpected sources. We can enrich lives without ever knowing a name.

Becoming

2019

Acrylic on wood

34" x 16"

Constructed from two paintings cut into pieces and reconfigured. Our identities are multifaceted allowing us to be many things to many people. We can simultaneously hold a wide spectrum of emotions, beliefs and behaviors, sometimes even ones in conflict.

Living House

2019

Acrylic on canvas

29" x 23"

Our souls can hardly be contained

Boundaries I

2017

Acrylic on canvas, chalk, charcoal

48" x 25"

There is an active give and take between humans. We are separate beings but measure much of who we are through relationships.

Boundaries II

2019

Acrylic on canvas, chalk, charcoal

48" x 25"

Relationships shift our internal environment. Severed connections, even temporarily, can alter our sense of wellness. Shapes may look like they have been overshadowed, hidden or are disappearing. Others are well defined and whole.

Dwelling Apart Together

Acrylic on canvas, charcoal, wall spackle, ink

2019

60" x 48"

Humans are relational beings desiring to be known and understood. Though set apart by the physical walls we dwell within, our influence is expansive, our communities are meaningful and our unique identities are informed by all of it. 

Between Us

Acrylic on canvas, charcoal, wall spackle, ink

2019

60" x 48"

Humans are relational beings. The pathways that connect us gain strength from use.

Impression I

2019

Acrylic on canvas

24" x 24"

Impression I & II were created by pressing wet canvases together to imprint mirrored outlines. Designed to hang on opposite walls and reflect back to one another.

Impression II

2019

Acrylic on canvas

24" x 24"

What we see in others may be what we see inside ourselves

Neighborhood

2018

Acrylic on wood panel, paper, spackle

24" x 30"

Settling into the company of others

Collective Identity

2019

Acrylic on canvas, charcoal, ink, pastel, wall spackle

48" x 36"

The shared sense of belonging to a group. From afar the identities seem to merge into one unified body, but up close the unique individual identities come into focus.

Dwelling Space

Blue

2019

Acrylic on fiberboard

Plucked from the canvas this structure embodies human identity. It is a metaphorical vessel housing the human spirit. Though others have been created from the same materials no two will ever be the same.

Deconstructed

Blue

2019

Acrylic on fiberboard

Growth can sometimes look like destruction. This broken structure is one of three and is a snapshot of identity being torn down and reconstructed. These big or small shifts occur again and again and allow for the evolution of the individual over time.

Dwelling Space

Yellow

2019

Acrylic on fiberboard

Growth can sometimes look like destruction. This broken structure is one of three and is a snapshot of identity being torn down and reconstructed. These big or small shifts occur again and again and allow for the evolution of the individual over time.

Deconstructed

Yellow

2019

Acrylic on fiberboard

Growth can sometimes look like destruction. This broken structure is one of three and is a snapshot of identity being torn down and reconstructed. These big or small shifts occur again and again and allow for the evolution of the individual over time.

Empathy

2018

Acrylic on canvas, wall spackle

Social beings relating and being understood. Connection sustains us.

There's Writing On These Walls

 

17" x 21"

2019

Acrylic on canvas

Each house has a unique story to tell. It's a privilege to know any piece of anyone's narrative.

Dwelling Space

Red

2019

Acrylic on fiberboard

Plucked from the canvas this structure embodies human identity. It is a metaphorical vessel housing the human spirit. Though others have been created from the same materials no two will ever be the same.

Sense of Solitude

2017

Wood, acrylic, stain

30" x 30"

For a moment we can capture it

Inheritance

25" x 25"

2019

Wood, acrylic

Generational inheritance is a piece of our story. The spaces we occupy have been built upon the past

 © 2019 by Bethany Kelley

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