Kelly creates paintings that linger between the essence of a subject and the experience of being. Her works are autobiographical expressions of recent experiences in Bundanon (NSW), Tasmania and Provence (France), functioning as tangible footprints along well-trodden roads winding through the artist’s memory. Clouded by the romanticism of remembering, these paintings are imbued with experience captured in vibrant strokes of colour and with swift brushwork.
Kelly’s works, informed by an interest in literature and the discipline of painting, cast moments of shared stillness in an atmosphere of light. She says of her works “my desire is to push painting beyond a surface likeness of any subject and into the realm of poetics”.