Kelly Burke

Ann Arbor MI

Buddha Pop Mini (coral)
Mixed Media
Artist Statement
My artwork explores the dissolution of material and figurative imagery, depicting the abstract essence and energy of life. I draw inspiration from my art historical studies including non-western art as well as Abstract Expressionism. My recent work focuses on process and physicality of paint. The repetitious layering of, taking away, and re-application of color underneath automatic scrawling, scratching and mark-making express my inner psyche – the way I think about myself and the world around me. Sometimes this is rough and harsh, and sometimes it is gentle and loving. I use curvilinear shapes juxtaposed by rectangles or hard lines to depict the opposing forces in life. I received my B.F.A. in painting and art history from Siena Heights University in 2007. I have been exhibiting my artwork throughout southeast MI for several years.