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. I often use animals to represent different aspects of human traits, sensibilities and desires. 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 also use white kitchen-string (a little feminist communiqué back to the notion in art history that women's work was not as valuable as men's): sometimes connecting flower-minds; sometimes stitched in the background; always necessary and telling at least part of the story.

photo credit: Beck Kidd