Artist Kelly Williams had been heavily involved in Portland's art community and supporting the growth of youth through coping by creating. Her focus is primarily on encaustic and mixed media paintings, spanning many styles. She has played a great role in teaching many of today's Portland encaustic painters some of the tricks she has learned over her tenure of working with the medium. She has given a great many of interviews discussing her work and has been on shows following artists, and has worked with p:ear gallery where she founded Recovery Panes Project to help addicted community members heal through creating.
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.