Meet Kelly Kuykendall - Artist in Residence

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Can you describe your work for us in 7 words or less

Playful, nostalgic, assemblage, happenstance  

Being an artist can be a challenging profession, what advice would you give to your younger self?

Looking back as a practicing artist as an adult, I would tell my younger self to just be more confident in order to make your dreams become a reality!

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What are you listening to at the moment?

I’ve been listening to Joe Frank, Beat Happening and a bunch of history podcasts.

What do you look at for inspiration?
It’s not very romantic, but I often have a TV show playing in the background while I’m in the studio. Something that doesn’t require a lot of my attention but when I do look up I enjoy looking at the prop styling and wardrobe. These kind of faux or idealized environments. I also look to how people organize their own spaces (maybe because my workspace is rarely organized).  I find other people’s homes inspirational. They can tell you so much about someone! What they value/cherish/take pride 

What artists inspire you most?

Currently I’m looking a lot at Katie Stout and Becky Suss.

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Who would be a dream artist to collaborate with?

Either of the two artists I just mentioned!

What’s something that you learned early in your career that you feel made you a better artist?

Learning when to say no to too many side gigs and make time for myself. 

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Why did you apply to become a resident at Jasper Studios? And what did you hope to achieve during the residency program?

The Jasper Studios residency is really flexible. This is important!! I have a couple of jobs and a schedule that tends to fluctuate, so having 24/7 access to a space is really nice! I’m hoping to get a couple of projects done.  A fabric book and a few prints. The book is almost complete and I’m going to start carving the blocks for the prints this week! I also started working on some digital collages that I am really excited about. I don’t think they would have been possible without access to this space. 

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