Kelly Vander Kley
Teacher / Instructor; Visual Artist: Painting; Visual Artist: Photography; Visual Artist: Prints / Digital Art / Graphic Design; Visual Artist: Sculpture / Pottery
After working as a professional photographer, sculptor and glass artist for 15 years, I decided to integrate my love of fine art with my passion for preserving what fascinates me. In 2014, I opened a gallery in the Park Trades Center in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began displaying my collection of personal images and works gathered throughout the years but kept only closely to my heart. You will see my attention turns to magnificent vibrant colors and textures. Nature and lost objects working together in harmony have become my focus. I merge what nature has created and the materials she gives me with my visions for those things that strike harmony within myself. It is my hope that the viewer of my work is also drawn into the beauty nature allows me to create when we closely examine what she is capable of. The imagery I reveal could not exist without the hand that our earth extends – the elements and creatures who have participated in the making of their intricate architecture hold credit. I hope to spark conversation and bring about ideas of human consciousness through my work.
In 2019, my work has shifted back to where I began with a strong focus on printmaking in a way that aligns with my graphic design background. I am currently exploring ways to merge printmaking with ceramics and hope to reveal my work in 2020.