7×13 | 2021 | Series 1 | Shelly Kelly

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Shelly Kelly QLD


What was the inspiration behind the piece that is a part of the SWELL Sculpture Festival 2021?

It is part of a ‘sensory series’ I’m working on.

Do you follow a process or plan for each new piece or do you ‘wing it’?

There’s usually a process… but there’s also times when you have to react to current events, climate or other injustices to give focus and rally against complacency.

Would you describe your artistic journey as a slow burn or a wild ride?

It’s a slow, organised, sensible burn until it’s done, THEN it’s a wild ride when it’s unleashed.

Can you tell us a little bit more about how you became the artist that you are today?

Working with children in the disability sector has expanded how I see things in a more diverse way and afforded alternative viewpoints.

Describe your ideal environment where your creative juices flow?

Working in my studio uninterrupted for hours with no other time restrictions is a wonderful idea.

Is there an artist or body of work that you would consider your muse?

Ceal Floyer and Rebecca Horn.

If you had to choose 3 words to describe your artistic style, what would they be?

Conceptual, minimal and interactive.

Beyond SWELL 2021, is there a forthcoming project you are most excited about?

I am just about to start an internship!

What does exhibiting in SWELL 2021 mean to you?

SWELL is a show that is always welcoming and accessible for both artists and audiences alike.

Is there anything you do to continue developing as an artist? Would you describe yourself as self-taught or formally educated in your practice?

Being interested and curious in the conversations and people around you.

If you were to go on a holiday, would you venture to the ocean or the mountains?

I love both. The therapeutic nature of swimming in the ocean, but also climbing mountains and being up really high anywhere.

Gourmet restaurant or home-cooked meal?

Healthy home cooked vegetarian meal.

How would you describe your taste in music?

60’s Jazz and R&B, 80’s Pop.


The Author

Courtney Stephens is an emerging creative event producer based in Tweed Heads. After a successful career as a Practice Manager, her passion for the creative arts industry has led her to study a Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management. She hopes to balance her love for the arts, culture and nature with her strengths in communication and management to create community based events.

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