Much of Kelsey Bowen’s sculpture serves as a conduit through which she is able to reflect and tell stories. She draws inspiration for her own memories of youth and the shared anecdotes of family and friends. She is aware of how interpretation moves recollections from fact to become legend, and embraces a fairytale sense of reality. The viewer is comforted by the playful characters, as they are led through a surreal landscape, and sometimes presented with an unsettling detail.
“When I’m working on a piece, I feel in fleeting moments that it’s come to life. I give them bright bows and dark memories, bringing them to reality with whispered stories. I work with my own personal narratives to develop a darkly whimsical illustration by building a new story that reinvents a past moment or a current truth. I see a beautiful darkness in childhood and nostalgia, in the way memories shift and shudder as we grow farther apart from them.” MORE...
In conversation: Themes and Approach
In Conversation: Techniques