September 7 & 8, 2019 - 10 AM to 5 PM

Kelly Kirkham

mixed media

I am a visual artist and puppet maker originally from Chatham, Ontario. After spending 16 years in Toronto, my husband (also an artist), son and I moved out to Port Hope in 2013. We work out of a studio in our home and have found the arts community here to be lively and welcoming.

Although in the past I have kept my worlds of art making and puppet building separate, I have now folded my puppet work into my art practice, and am excited by the possibilities that have presented themselves. I paint and draw on the cloth, accompanied by the addition of beading and embroidery. Unexpected pattern and texture are frequently in use with a lean overall towards the playful and magical. I love to play with the juxtaposition of frayed, faded cloth and colour with bright, sharp neon colours. Working within the realm of puppetry itself is full of endless possibilities and inspiration, and I look forward to creating short films and dioramic works with them.

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Located at 123 Walton Street in Port Hope

Also showing at this loc ation is Brynley Longman

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