Alicia Kelly AIR 2019 WEB

Alicia Kelly, Exhibit and Artist in Residence, April 2019

Artist Statement
Composed of manipulated paper, my recent works explore this delicate medium and its connection to the third dimension. My hand-cut paper installations are both a marker of the division between our familiar spaces and forgotten, sacred ones,- a sheer curtain to be gingerly lifted as we step across the threshold – casting broken light onto the clearing as we draw it back.

Surface texture, the playfulness of shadows and a simple color palette create a multi-layered conversation inside each of my paper creations. Imagining paper as a living creature, I allow paper to twist, bunch and breathe in a way that is most natural to itself-recognizing both the strength and delicacy in the material.

With loose mental plans of each cut out, I welcome the spontaneous patterns that mimic a foreign, undiscovered world. Ephemeral in nature and material- my works allow for play on the subtlety of our everyday rituals and how quickly they evolve by our moment to moment decisions.

Residency Plan: “I intend to turn the Bunnell Street Arts Gallery into a touchable, imaginary forest installation that takes the viewer on a journey of the senses. Using a simple color palette, intertwining patterns, and a playful mindset, this participatory forest asks to be uncovered, explored and interacted with. Hand cut wallpaper and sculpted paper flora (ex. chugach and the tongass fern- native to Alaska forests) interlaced with natural materials- this installation considers the importance of its cycle of materials present- tree to pulp to paper.

Participation is essential in the growth of every forest including this gem. Throughout the creation of the installation, I would teach community workshops on paper sculpture/theory and pop-up book techniques. Each workshops end result being the creation of paper pieces that will be attached/ integrated in with the tactile wall-forest sculpture.”