My widely multi-disciplinary practice ranges between the traditional (drawing, painting, and object-making) to the contemporary (installation, digital media, and performance). In my current drawing and painting practice, largely as a response to the current pandemic, I’m searching for something but I don’t know what, in the strength, beauty, and tradition expressed in the solitary female form.

Prior to this year, I had focused on installation and digital media work, in which I would appropriate materials, objects, or other more ephemeral cultural artefacts such as ritual, using story-telling tactics to remake these artefacts into a new narrative, or into a newly-contrived situation based on some truth, allowing the viewer to discover truths of his or her own.

In August 2019, for “Inside Job – Tate Staff Biennale 2019” in conjunction with Tate Exchange at Tate Modern, I collaborated with fellow artist, Olga Suchanova, to share “Object Self“, a project in which we create portraits using avant-garde digital technology as a fine art medium. Other recent exhibitions include: “2018 Passion for Freedom Festival” (October 2018) in London, “Inside Job” at Tate Modern (April 2018) and “Stations of Water” (October 2017) a group exhibition and education programme at St Paul’s Cathedral in which nine artists were commissioned to present work in conjunction with their Just Water 2017 campaign.

Previously, I’ve been a part of an ambitious international project called “Connect:Katowice and London“, a year-long venture 2016-2107 in which 30 or so UK and Polish artists collaborated across borders, language, and culture to make artwork. Our first exhibition and workshop took place 1-16 December 2016 at Hornsey Town Hall in London followed by the culmination of “Connect:” in a large collaborative exhibition at Rondo Gallery in Katowice, Poland, in June 2017.

A graduate of MA Fine Art course at Chelsea College of Arts (2015), I am based in London.

For more detail about my projects and exhibitions, click the link to my bio.

To read about other arty things I get up to in London, check out:
http://www.kelise72.com – stories about art, the unusual, and out-of-the-way places.

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