Kelly Duffield

Boulder, Colorado

My paintings contain elements of drawing and collage to create scenes that are often strange, surreal and sufficiently ambiguous to evoke the viewer’s imagined or projected meanings. My imagery emerges from everyday life, sometimes from a specific story or memory, but always charged with psychological, symbolic and surreal import. When creating these narratives I begin with the collage elements and take cues from them, painting and drawing over and around them, sometimes layer upon layer. I often use animals to represent different aspects of human traits, sensibilities and desires. I also use white kitchen-string (a little feminist communiqué to the prior notion through art history of the value of women’s work). Sometimes the string is connecting flower-minds; sometimes stitched in the background; always necessary and telling part of the story.