Kelsie Koerber

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1. Wall Collage #1,

(2020)

Mixed media

 

2. Details of Collage #2,

(2019)

Mixed Media

 

3. Tea For One,

(2019)

35 mm Film photograph

 

4. Translation,

(2019)

35 mm Film Photograph

 

5. Laundromat Purgatory,

(2019)

Oil on canvas

4” x 5”

 

6. Double Gulp,

(2019)

35 mm Film Photograph

 

7. Spring

(2019)

Oil on vinyl

3” x 2”

 

8. Collage #2

(2019)

Mixed Media

 

9. Love,

(2019)

35 mm Film Photograph

 

10. Subway Purgatory,

Oil on canvas

5” x 4”

My work in this show, A Quiet, Unchanging Way of Life revolves around the captured image; first through photography and then the translation of these into paintings.   

 

Both of these mediums give me a voice to express my experience as a person, daily life and the feelings that come with it. Photography is a medium which can be a container to tell a story. I take my point and shoot everywhere and try to distort weird moments within reality to create surreal spaces within life. Abstracting the world around me with a camera is exciting to me along with the labor of process of developing, scanning, and editing a film photo  

 

In painting, you have a way to take these fixed moments and change them, to make them your own. My paintings like my photographs almost always have a somber still mood to them. I am interested in the idea of purgatory, an environment of static, being stuck, in limbo. The figures in my paintings resemble the figures in my photography because they are both often nameless, in translation, quiet.  

 

With my work, I am extremely interested in ambiguous narratives to portray a feeling or emotion, particularly of people my age, youth. There is a very existential feeling among my generation, uncertainty in politics, economics, issues like climate change. I try and express this concerted anxiety through sickly colors, open absent spaces, and highlighting subtle figurative gestures such as a hand on a knee that would otherwise go unnoticed.  Much of my inspiration for my work comes from capturing moments with my camera. Going out in the world, watching people, how they move, interact. I take this with me to the painting studio and warp my images and experiences to create paintings that speak on the state of the human condition.