Shelly Kelly is an installation artist who studied at The London Institute, Chelsea College of Art & Design at Middlesex University in London, completing her BA (Hons) in Fine Art / Sculpture in 1996. She completed an MA in Visual Arts (Research) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 2000. Currently, Kelly is a PhD candidate at QUT, Brisbane, where she is researching sensory sculptures for neurodiverse children through co-design engagement.
Kelly’s works have explored the environmental impacts of climate change on landscapes. ‘Grass Cubed’ was inspired by drought and its water restrictions; the 2011 work ‘… house on a river’ by the Queensland floods and ‘RedDer’ by the changing migratory patterns of animals.
Kelly has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including, SxS Bondi, Cottesloe, McClelland, Lempriere and EASTinternational in the UK. Her work has featured in various reviews and exhibition catalogues.
2021 SWELL ARTWORK – I Really Want to See You, Shelly Kelly
This work operates on two levels out of choice and out of necessity to a broader audience. On a visual level, the seductive exterior is enthralling, yet others may be drawn to the object to satiate a need. Some sensory children feel the need to look closely and experience their reflections in a mirrored surface. This provides the sensory feedback that allows them to stay calm and relaxed.
However, for others, this self-reflexive work may make us question our place amidst a climate crisis.
SWELL Kids Artist Statement – I Really Want to See You, Shelly Kelly
For some people, spinning an object or spinning around themselves makes them laugh and feel happier because they are getting their energy out. The shiny reflective surface and shape of this work creates a response back in the form of a warped reflection that is both satisfying and funny as the viewer moves around it.
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 10-19 September.