Aileen Kelly’s practice is an ongoing investigation into the ‘forgotten’ and overlooked elements of everyday life. These recent drawings are inspired by the ‘left overs’ from her sculptural / installation works that litter her studio. In this regard Kelly creates drawings that relate to each other as both close and distant relatives’ that ‘share’ the same DNA.
She is drawn to the physicality of the materials she uses. The dense handmade paper provides a robust surface that can absorb the staining and layering of black Indian ink and also withstand the intensity of repetitive scoring and cross hatching with hard graphite pencil. The sheer physicality of the process can be seen in the intensity of the marking making. Reworking the surface again and again to produce an embossed skin of black/silver that both reflects and absorbs. These drawings are the end result of a lengthy process of development that involves the production of large scale installations which she describes as, ‘three dimensional line drawings’. She captures
the essence of these impermanent structures translating them onto paper as a final act in the
Aileen Kelly has exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland and held a major solo show in London in 2016. She has recently completely a highly successful residency in the Netherlands which has resulted in the production of this latest body of work.