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Kelly Waller: APPROPRIATED PORTRAYALS

Opening Date: January 6, 2023
Closing Date: February 25, 2023
Reception: January 6, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Exhibition: APPROPRIATED PORTRAYALS
Artist: Kelly Waller

Venue: Arts Fort Worth
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107
https://www.artsfortworth.org/

Exhibition Statement

Art is a reflection of time and place. Kelly Waller considers the body of work to be self-portraits, as they
reflect her intuitive decision-making in the arrangement and form of the piece. The imagery throughout
the work reflects a sense of place. All the materials are found in antique or resale shops in cities Kelly has
lived or places in which she has had personal associations. Through these works, she is trying to relate to
the idea that we are a product of our own environment and the decisions in life we make. We are also
products of the media that we choose to consume. Using magazine imagery and physical alterations,
Kelly references the censorship and control that people have over media as well as the way in which we
censor ourselves from other people.

Artist Bio

Kelly Waller was born in Tyler, Texas. Currently, she is a candidate for a Master’s in Fine
Arts at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Her work explores recontextualizing media into
sculptural forms that utilize mediums such as paper, printmaking, and fibers. Her work has been
featured in numerous exhibitions, including the Cimmaron National Works on Paper Exhibition,
juried by Jodi Throckmorton. Kelly has been awarded with the Grady Barger Gardner Endowed
Scholarship for Art as well as several assistantships in her graduate degree pursuit. She has been
actively learning new skill sets to improve her artistic endeavors in multidisciplinary approaches