For quite some time now, I’ve been meaning to write about a local artist in the greater State College Area metroplex whose work I find quite stunning indeed. In fact, I’ve found it so stunning that I haven’t quite known what to say about it, hence the fact that I’ve been thinking about writing this post for months and I’m just now getting to it.
The kicker is, I still don’t know exactly what to say about the art, other than that I find it beautiful and evocative, and when I first saw it I had an almost visceral reaction to it — which is not a typical experience for me when viewing art, though I frequently have extreme reactions to new musical and auditory experiences. Visual art, much less so.
The artist’s name is Kelly Green, and you can see her work online at the Kelly Green Gallery, found conveniently enough at http://www.thekellygreengallery.com/
Ms. Green’s gallery has been crafted in Flash, so you’ll find no excerpts here, but do yourself a favor and go view her work, particularly her collages, which are the ones I’ve found so moving. You’ll find them in the “Personal Art” section, categorized under “This Is Now.”
The only comparison I can easily make, although it’s a bit superficial on my part, is with some of the work of Max Ernst. However, beyond the fact that both Green and Ernst seem to have a fixation on birds, and explore the juxtaposition / superimposition / substitution of avian and human parts, their approaches couldn’t be more different.
Here’re some of Ernst’s works, in case you’re unfamiliar with him. Below are The Court of the Dragon, The Antipope, and The Robing of the Bride.
I hope you enjoy Kelly Green’s art as much as I do. Don’t miss “Swift,” “The Ortolan’s Revenge II” and “Galatea’s Roost” in particular. Be sure to check out her shop, too.