Biography & Artist Statement
The work of Kelly Williams is a symbolic narrative of process. It is a progression of disentanglement, a developing of a story, layer by layer. It is only upon coming closer and becoming intimate does one experience the intricate textures, subtle imagery and imperfections that make up the whole. Secrets are hidden within the layers, embedded truths expressed and hidden again for a visceral journey through the soul. The written word is often used as a form of layered texture to engage her deeper self and to invite the viewer to do the same.
The use of encaustic painting allows for the metaphorical layering, burning, burying and exposing that are all relevant to the deeper meaning of her work. This ancient medium being used in contemporary visual expression further supports the timeless messages and questions she is driven to explore
Kelly Williams is a Portland artist who is actively involved in the community. Her work has appeared in multiple galleries, businesses and publications both locally and nationally and is currently represented by Basic Space Gallery in the Pearl District. She has a busy practice teaching in her West Burnside Studio helping those who wish to explore their inner landscape or work through specific issues using encaustic painting as a cathartic medium in both private and small group sessions. Social Advocacy through the use of this art form has led her to be awarded several RACC grants in order to develop programs that engage disenfranchised populations in art making. These Healing art projects both inform and fuel her personal work.