Questioning the fabled exchange between maker and muse; moving lines hands and bodies; progress toward unknown outcomes, never reached. Revealing the personal and immediate experience of drawing from the model, these absurd and intimate insights provide glimpses into the wonder and monotony of an artist’s studio process.
Kellie O’Dempsey turns the usually private act of the artist working in the studio into a public spectacle with her performance drawings acted out in front of live audiences. The result is an improvisation; a responsive experience in which sound, mark making, light, film and projection unite to create a layered temporary experience. The recorded videos and stills are a signifier that a drawing has already happened.
Bald, Bald, Head and other stories attempts to expose the romantic myth of the artist, the model and the studio. Disclose #2 employs ‘tag-tool’, digital drawing software, that allows Kellie to draw with light. This work is a drawing performance which was both about and projected onto her muse and collaborator, Michael Dick.
Focusing on live art and performance drawing Kellie O’Dempsey develops inclusive site-specific installations and performances. Working both solo and in collaboration with sound and contemporary dance, Kellie is currently completing a Doctorate in Visual Arts at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane. Hybrid in form, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, performance and digital drawing Kellie describes her work as Performance Drawing. This diverse practice investigates notions of transformation through improvisation and happenstance. Kellie’s performances include; Art after Dark, Pier2/3 18th Biennale of Sydney, MONA FOMA, Hobart, and The Firehouse, New York, White Nights Melbourne.
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