Kelley’s artwork is inspired by the mysterious. Her images portray dreams, fears and phobias, while seeking to transcend a world of chaos. Her visual language brings together animal symbolism, spirituality and archetypal characters to form surreal narratives both beautiful and dark. Kelley has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
“The Plague Doctor”
oil on wood
art 11×19, w/frame 15×23
A modern pandemic swept over us in 2020, and many of us have sought outlets for exorcising our anxieties. This piece was a creative way to illustrate our fears of uncertainty, while cloaking it in a more fantastical expression.
Plague doctors were actual figures in the history of plagues that have since evolved into folklore. Their classic costuming with the bird-like mask and waxed robes began in the 1600’s in Europe, which featured a number of methods to ward off disease. One notable concept was the idea of ‘miasma’, the bad air that was believed to spread diseases. The beak-like mask would have held herbs and spices,which was used to ward off the evil air.