Shift Series

Shift I
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift II
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift III
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift IV
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift V
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm
Shift VI
2021
4-layer screen print
47cm x 65cm

The Shift series consists of six experimental screen prints created from paper stencils. The stencils are made by tearing a large sheet of paper around the contours of my own body. These stencils are applied to the silkscreen to block areas while allowing room for ink to bleed at the edges of the stencils. Each print contains three approximations of the same bodily position, shifting as my body discovers a way to do each pose more comfortably than before. By using transparent inks mixed by hand, I have been able to map the points at which my body was most comfortable. The darkest areas denote the points at which my body repeatedly found support. In this series, I am co-opting a process designed for mass-production in order to create unique impressions of specific moments in time. A juxtaposition that feels significant to me as I explore inconsistencies between how the body is represented and how it is experienced. This project is exciting to me as I have found a way to push my body as it is through the silkscreen, circumventing my perception of myself.

Flow

This work is concerned with cycles and rhythm. These works were developed from the study of the sea eroded cliff faces at Dalkey Strand, through observation of the surface of the rock carved out over time through the ebb and flow of the waves. Through a meditative drawing process, I use my hand to extract the rhythmic character of the cliff face. From these drawings, I have produced a series of rhythmic works. Opening (2018) uses the fluid qualities of sedimented paint to faithfully recreate the warbled cliff face. Following on from this study, I began to explore the flaked texture of the surface as it recedes over time, resulting in the 3-colour screen print, Recede (2020). Finally, in Flow (2020), I used paper collage and paint to build a sculpted surface that explores the repetitive flow of the sea as it repeatedly crashes against the rock, simultaneously destroying the rock while giving form to the resulting cliff face. It is this continuous exchange between the sea and cliff that I feel can remind us of the restorative nature of the continuous passage of time.

The series was developed as part of a collaboration between the Art and Psychology departments at IADT in partnership with St. Vincents University Hospital. The project aimed to evaluate the impact on the viewers of visual art.

Opening
2018
Acrylic on wooden panel
29cm x 21cm
Three colour screen print on paper by Steffi Kelly
Recede
2019
3-colour screen print
81cm x 59cm
Textured mixed media acrylic painting by Steffi Kelly
Flow
2020
Acrylic and collage on wooden panel
30cm x 40cm

Exhibitions:
IADT Student Art Exhibition at St. Vincents University Hospital

Remainder

Detail shot of torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Remainder
2021
Paper
Dimensions: 182cm x 122cm
Process shot of torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Detail shot of torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Detail shot of torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly
Detail shot of torn paper artwork by Steffi Kelly

I am concerned with representations of the body and their means of production. I explore alternative methods of depicting the body such as drawing by touch or through the weight of the body. Paper, with a memory of its own, is particularly suited to exploration of the fluctuating boundaries of the human body. By tracing bodily contours via the push and pull of the body on paper, I can bypass the act of looking at the point of recording, in order to present the body with immediacy and in its own terms. This work seeks to highlight the ephemeral and ever-changing nature of the living body.

Exhibitions:
In the making: High Heart (2021) Pallas Projects