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Kelly Jenkins

Kelly Jenkins

Royal College of Art (Master of Arts , 2004)

Kelly Jenkins is a contemporary painter and textile artist based in Hampshire. Starting from an interest in contemporary visual media, such as the internet. Her meticulously embroidered paintings reflect graphically the complex world we now live in. Through stitched data visualisation, she reveals to us another way of understanding our reality and takes a critical view on the human online experience and existence.

Combining paint and thread on canvas to create abstract embroidery paintings that are both atmospheric and evocative, Jenkins’ playful and organic ‘scapes’, are stitched into with highly detailed and dynamic embroidery compositions. Her process and aesthetic are marked by constant change and contradiction; Through the spontaneity and impulse in painting to the precision and texture of her embroidery, Kelly finds harmony in coalescing opposites, achieving dissonance and flow, unifying colours, shapes and textures through the relationship of paint and stitch on canvas.

By juxtaposing the familiar sensibilities of the atmospheric Impressionist landscape and abstract expressionism with the aesthetics of the information age, creating abstracted landscapes of places within the cosmos of the internet, Jenkins references high modernism in the context of high tech; using data to visualise the online collective and personal memories, responses, experiences and emotions of individuals and society. The work aims to see beyond ourselves and our existence to a higher form of being, making visual our online selves in a technology led era. 

Jenkins’ 2020 series ‘Comfort In Chaos’ examines the human response to the global pandemic. Through embroidered data visualisation, she aims to document and visualise our online existences during this momentous moment in our history through art and stitch. From what we have been searching for online, to how lockdown has impacted on our environment, every piece has a specific message that speaks through the story of ones life and human condition. Translated into data from a realm beyond our own, becoming intertwined between the two, Jenkins’ hope is that the work drives the viewer to an internal conversation of memory and meaning of our reality and online presence, giving them clarity amongst the tension in contemporary life. 

71 × 71 × 2 cm
  • £1,800.00
71 × 71 × 2 cm
  • £1,800.00
58 × 58 × 5 cm
  • £1,550.00
84.5 × 84.5 × 5 cm
  • £2,100.00
59 × 84 × 3 cm
  • £1,800.00
30.5 × 30.5 × 2 cm
  • £790.00
30.5 × 30.5 × 2 cm
  • £790.00
45 × 45 × 3.5 cm
  • £990.00
110 × 75 × 3.5 cm
  • £2,100.00
80 × 100 × 3.5 cm
  • £2,100.00
90 × 120 × 3.4 cm
  • £2,600.00
  • £2,210.00
100 × 70 × 3.5 cm
  • £1,950.00
70 × 65 × 3.5 cm
  • £1,800.00

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