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my name is kelly &

i’m a place-based artist,
︎graphic designer +
🌀 creative cycles guide


my studio is currently located in
Bay Miwok lands in Northern California

weaving disciplines, my creative work explores what it means to be dreamt by place. this is an olddd songline, whose notes reach back into our ancestors’ intimately-tethered relationsips with land, which many of us feel now as a joyous, living echo. for me, this song branches out from the celtic isles, where my ancestors dreamed with and were dreamt by the land in a reciprocal dance that informed everything. I didn’t know this, of course, until it started happening to me, sometimes in confronting ways, and with such force that I’ve begun embracing it as my creative practice: a song that is asking to be sung anew, again.

my projects often begin in the dark, or outside, and are rooted in practices of walking, deep listening, dream and story mirroring, land-based ceremony, and my perceptual experience as a multi-modal synesthete — I perceive music, text, and physical touch as color.

I am transfixed by edge-places where worlds combine: industry and “nature,” dominator matrixes and regenerative cultures of place, inner and outer landscapes, lands of living and dying. I am interested in the inherent alchemy of artmaking, and feel most like myself when I am turning “underworld” materials (descents, debris) into art.

my creative sensibilities owe much of their resilience and spirit to my experience as an apprentice wilderness fast rites of passag with the School of Lost Borders, a magical and many-limbed guide collective headquartered in Payahuunadü along the Eastern Sierra. I was lucky to experience a wilderness fast at age 18, and feel very lucky to get to support this regenerative ceremony.  

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I’ve shared my work at Burning Man, Bay Area art parties, SFMOMA, Cal Academy of Sciences, and Joshua Tree Music Festival. I sell prints at Kitkitdizzi in Nevada City and at Kiko on Kauai. check out more of my current and past projects HERE.

I studied Anthropology and Creative Writing at Stanford and received an MFA in Interdisclipinary Arts from Sierra Nevada University in Lake Tahoe.

I also work as a freelance graphic designer, web designer, illustrator and cartographer (maker-of-maps) 🗺  

some current projects: 
LAND OF BIRDS is an ongoing reciprocity project benefitting community-led efforts to protect and restore native habitats in Hawaii — a place that I and my family have called home. in collaboration with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, I am creating drawings of threatened, endangered, and extinct birds to share with the public. learn more here.
— as a student of symbology and living myth, I create commissions called visual mirrors. a visual mirror is an artwork that reflects a person (or couple’s, family’s, or collective’s) story.
🔥 FIRE AS SITE is an ongoing project exploring agile practices for radical placemaking in the wildfire-impacted West. after its first activation in the summer of 2018, FIRE AS SITE  continues as a series of gestures and conversations with wildfire as a “site” for relationality and creative response. visit the website here.
LISTENING IN VOID SPACE is my site-specific MFA thesis project based at Malakoff Diggins, a defunct hydraulic gold mine and extensive earthen depression outside Nevada City, CA. engaging the mine’s basin as a “void,” my project explores what it means to listen with an extracted landscape. visit the site.