Approved: 16.08.2006

Kelly Gardner

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work deals with memory, traces and residues of the past. I have always been interested in collecting vintage objects that I incorporate in to my work. Objects with a history, a past life that I have recycled.

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  • Location: Kettering, East Midlands
  • Activities: Workshops, Collecting
  • Categories: Book Works, Mixed Media, Photography
  • Tags: photograms, collage, textiles, garments, memory, lace, books, sculpture, photography, mosaic
 
 

Biography

My work deals with memory, traces and residues of the past. I have always been interested in collecting vintage objects that I incorporate in to my work. Objects with a history, a past life that I have recycled.

I use a variety of media in my work. I have printed from lace in my canvases creating veil like forms. Similarly I have made photograms from garments capturing ghostly traces of them. I am interested in the sense of absence and also the trace of a human presence that is left behind. These clothes are those residues, the husks of lives.

My dress sculptures are constructed from book pages bound up with copper wire. The page fragments are wired together creating empty unwearable dresses. The books have been rendered unreadable, dissected, torn, folded and transformed, leaving stories of characters that can only be read in disconnected fragments. The dresses are like cages with keys, buttons, scissors and old photographs caught in the web like form. The objects are wired in to them, like treasured keepsakes from people’s unknown lives, fragments of memories. Lit from within, they cast shadows, echoes and flickers of the past.

Recently I have been working mainly with collage and mosaic. I am fascinated with the obsession and repetition of collecting. My collages are a culmination of things people collect incorporating butterflies, stamps and buttons. Seemingly insignificant objects, a fragment of lace or a lost button, yet they represent fragments of memories, like a patchwork quilt.

My mosaics are made from china from various eras that has been chipped, broken and discarded. I have hand cut and reconstructed the fragments. I find the patterns on old china very beautiful and evocative. Flora and fauna to patterns from the 1960’s and 70’s are a constant source of inspiration.

CV & Education

 

 

2001   MA Fine Art, Birmingham City University.

1998   BA First Class Hons Fine Art Painting & Printmaking, Bretton Hall College, University of Leeds.

 

Exhibitions

2015   China Mosaics, Craft Case, Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.

            Open 15, Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.

 

2014   A Sense of Place, Symington Building, Market Harborough.

            Christmas Exhibition, The Landscape Gallery, Market Harborough.

 

2013   A Blending of Worlds, Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.

            CDS Gallery, Cotesbach, Lutterworth.

            WOW Gallery, Market Harborough.

 

2012   Interwoven, Photograph, Cloth & Memory, Saltaire Arts Trail.

            Being British, Pop Up Exhibition, Stamford Arts Centre.

 

2009   Trace, The Gallery@Wrenn, Wellingborough.

            Adorn, Chichele College, Higham Ferrers.

 

2008   Open 20, The City Gallery, Leicester.

            The Art of Books, Oriental Museum, Durham.

            Annual Open Exhibition, Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

            Light Night, D Store, The Light, Leeds.

           Cupboard Love 3, Greenwich Foot Tunnel, London.

           Delapre Abbey, Northampton.     

           Through the Lens, Royal west of England Academy, Bristol.

           Body & Soul, Ropewalk Contemporary Art & Craft, Lincolnshire.

           FORM, Art & Design fair, Saatchi Online, Olympia, London.

          

2007   Zoo Art Fair, Saatchi Online, The Royal Academy of Arts, London.

           The Best of the Best, J Gallery, Northampton.

            Form & Shape, Kettering Library.

            Textiles & Textures, Kettering Library.

            Open 07, The Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.

 

2006   Open 18, The City Gallery, Leicester.

            Gallery 58, Northampton.

            Ice Twice Gallery, Olney.

 

2005   Metros Restaurant, Northampton.

            Open Exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester.

 

2004   Raunds Music Festival, Saxon Hall, Raunds.

 

2003   Veil, Chichele College, Higham Ferrers.

            University of Leicester, Queen’s Building, Northampton.

            Linden House Galleries, Northampton.

            Open Exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester.

            30 X 40 Gallery, The Balloon Festival, Northampton.

            Open Spaces Open Places, Toni & Guy, Northampton.

 

2002   Nostalgia & Memory, The Alfred East Art Gallery, Kettering.

 

2001   Open Exhibition, The City Gallery, Leicester.

 

1999   Aphrodisia, Rainmaker Gallery, Manchester.

            The Wakefield Arts Mill Gallery.

 

Prizes/Mentoring

2007/2008   Prickings mentoring programme with artist Catherine Bertola.

2007/2008   AA2A, Artists Access to Art Colleges Scheme, Derby University.

2006              The Leicester Haymarket theatre Prize, Open 18, the City Gallery Leicester.