Kate Shelley: Some Bodies
Local artist Kate Shelley’s Some Bodies, and collection of paintings, charcoal drawings, alternative photography and bronze work, will be exhibited throughout the month of August in the Louise Gallery at Mulberry Art Studios. The public is invited to meet the artist at a First Friday Opening Reception on August 6th from 5pm unti 8pm. Two Sunday Receptions will be held from 1 to 4pm on August 8th and 15th.
Born and raised in Lancaster County, Kate Shelley graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Studio Art from Moravian College. Kate is a resident artist at the Keystone Art and Culture Center (Keystoneart.org) where she assists with the gallery, projects, and bronze pours. She plans to returns to school within a few years to pursue an M.F.A. in art. For more info please visit the artist’s website at www.kateshelley.carbonmade.com.
Kate Shelley discusses her exhibit: Everyone has secrets. Everyone has a story. What are the stories of the people that I pass by on the street, exchange glances with in a crowded room, or sit close to in a restaurant? I can imagine how exhilarating, dismal, or monotonous their life may be, but I’ll never know. Some may feel grief, some may have joy, but everyone has secrets.
Secrets can be found resting, hiding, lurking and sneaking around in the flesh of the human form. This body of work investigates abstractions of the figure: the colors that resonate from light caressing one part of the form and reflecting off another, and the intricate soft or cutting shapes that can be seen when the figure is abstracted. I use light to tell stories as it strikes the figure. Deep, dark crevices cover up, while other areas are exposed. The curve of a spine, folds of skin, a simple gesture, a hairline, or a gaze: all of which can conceal or reveal our secrets by exposure or hiddenness.
In my portraiture work, I interpret the way I see those around me, by capturing defining characteristics and expressions. Through each line of charcoal or stroke of paint, I articulate and build stories of their confidence or pessimism, wisdom or virtue, tenacity or inquisitiveness and capture them in a snapshot of their countenance. The eyes gaze at the viewer, beckoning a connection with the individual- to invite them into their lives- to share their secret.