Members gallery

1 + 1 = ∞

Neah Kelly

September 11th - October 6th, 2020


1 + 1 = ∞ 

What happens when we continually draw material from the same source over and over again? It becomes a cyclical progression that comes to speak about the creative process. Using three imagined shapes as a point of origin, I work within a set of natural and self-imposed constraints to reimagine and reinterpret my imagery. This process gives birth to endless variations that morph and evolve in order to open up new subsets of inquiry. Each set of shapes are repeated and reimagined through a variety of media, from 2D to 3D. I then circle back, creating a new generation of shapes that manifest from these translations. In this way it has become an elaborate and evolving form of imaginative play. These objects are all connected – though disguised through a variety of methods, they all share a visual lineage. It is a game with myself to be constantly pushing against these limits and constraints, always with the objective to surprise myself with a new iteration – one that can exist within such a strict premise. It is a game between myself and the viewer, to see if they are willing and able to piece the process back together, to connect the dots. In short, it becomes a form of play, an activity that transcends the individual and is common to all. 

In its totality, it is a conceptual game that addresses ideas of creativity, the integral necessity of play, and how play, constraints, and rules, can act as an impetus and idea generator. All these ensuing images, objects, permutations are evidence of this personal form of imaginative play – they are not the story in and of themselves. Together, through their interactions, they form the story, which is one of complexity, nonsense, playfulness, and the chaos and joy that come with creative invention

Artist BIO

Neah Kelly is an interdisciplinary artist, whose practice incorporates printmaking, drawing, then recycling these prints into hand-sewn paper sculptures, installation, and bookbinding. She has exhibited broadly, participating in shows at Woman Made Gallery (Chicago), Site: Brooklyn (New York), and IPCNY (New York). Recent activities include a two-person show at Atelier Circulaire (Montréal), and residencies at KKV Grafik Printmaking Workshop (Malmö, Sweden), and the Bonnie McComb Kreye residency (Victoria, BC). This year she’ll be participating in a two-person exhibition at Martha Street Studio (Winnipeg, MB) and the Collab-19 residency through Artengine (Ottawa, ON) with @ambivalentlyyours. She holds a BFA from Concordia University (2014), and an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University (2018).

Exhibition is generously supported by: