Who am I?
Susie CK Kelly born at a very young age in London in the swinging '60s. Susie, שושנה, Shoshana, שוש, Susan, Shosh, Shoshi, Suze, Sue, Савсан, سوسن Сӯсан, سن Շուշան, 苏珊, 수잔, 蘇珊, Sosamma, Zsuzsanna, Susanna, スーザン, Zuzanna, Zane, Zuzana, Zuzia, Lily, Сузана, Susan, Σωσσάνα, Σουσάννα, ܫܘܫܢ, ܫܘܫܢܬ, کنول, Mam, Nana, Nanabanana. Is a name who I am, what I am or how I am?
I grew up in County Meath and currently live in Waterford City. In youth, my daydreaming,
time-travelling, avid reader’s rich inner life was inspired by L'Engle's Time Quintet - essential to surviving and thriving - and played a formative role. As an inquisitive seeker still, a variety of visual research strands are usually in process.
Concern about the impact we humans are having on the planet and the future for my grandchildren ostensibly influence my work. Curiosity about the concept of the post-Jungian autonomous psyche, collective unconscious and their influences on human behaviour is intermingled. Observing and materially expressing how we humans are affected enthrals me. Experience working with some of the most vulnerable people in society during my former career in Social Inclusion also seeps into the process, as does the reality that I live with mobility problems.
"Hybrid" best describes my practice. While visual research always begins with drawing for me - lenses, screens, holograms, sculpture, found objects, paint, pigment, ink, collage, textiles, and installations are all in the mix, frequently together. Material outcomes usually end up containing or featuring pre-used found/recycled elements which hold embedded memories and vibrations of their own. If a painting is the medium I feel might get an idea or feeling across, I do that, or if a recycled tent might be more effective, that is what the work will consist of, whatever works. Since being exposed to digital media at WIT I am also inclined towards digital outcomes and enjoy experimenting with Adobe CC programmes, Maya animation software and a drawing tablet.
A former, committed, hobbyist hyper-realist, fully immersed in artmaking for over a decade, I recently earned a 1st in the BA Honours Degree in Visual Art from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
Inspiration comes from all that came before but artists I particularly admire include Louise Nevelson, Aideen Barry, The Guerilla Girls, Phyllida Barlow, Cornelia Parker, Tracy Emin, Tacita Dean, Laurie Andersen, Alice Maher, Helen Mabel Trevor, Olafur Eliasson and David Hockney.
"We're born with a creative energy, we're born readymade, like eggs" (Louise Nevelson at the Guggenheim Museum 3/5/'86).