Monday, January 28, 2008

"Armadillish, bearish and stranger shapes lining the wall like low trophies, mysterious protrusions reminiscent of Frances Bagley's draped animals."

be sure to check out J R Compton's review Of wallpaper & other repeating patterns, on the dallas art revue website.

suckling is continuous. currently on exhibition at for their expo 2008 curated by terrie thorton. the photo was shot by JR Compton Dallas Arts Revue.


i always find it amazing that what smells like trash and looks like trash in the back of my truck, on the side of the road, or in my backyard (to the horror of my husband and neighbors) looks like art when you slap it into a white box with dramatic lighting. i am not mocking the white box; as a matter of fact, in a sick kind of way, i love the white box. it stands in perfect opposition to the rawness of what i am drawn to make.


LIGHTING. lighting was one of the elements that made Rauschenberg's recent cardboard box exhibition at the Menil feel so fleshy and human. when i saw the menil's brochure for the show, the boxes appeared as boxes, i was not overly attracted. but when i stepped into the intimately lite space, the works were transformed; i was transformed. i've been partial to Rauschenberg's combines since i first saw them in padget's contemporary painting class in 2005, but the Menil's presentation of his boxes overwhelmed me with an awesome gnawing response to his unboxy, boxes. i had to restrain myself from caressing the work. would this have been so if they had been in a cold harsh light? i think not.

i suppose lighting is like hair--a bad hair day can make anyone look bad, but a good hair day, well it just makes my perspective on life good that day.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

medium, method, mortality

my life seems wrapped up in attempts to overcome, divert, manipulate or extend my medium, method and mortality. i am speaking of the art of life not the art of art. the medium being the physical world in which i am embedded. the method is the various extensions of self used in navigating the medium--my truck extends my capacity to carry and move, my knife extends the taring function of my teeth, my phone extends my ability to be present in a location in which i do not physically reside. the mortality is the temporal nature of my existence.

if i am not manipulating, negotiating or attempting to overcome my medium, method or mortality, it seems i am spending a great deal of time and energy in diverting my mind from these limitations--perhaps my consumer whoring is my diversion or at a minimum it gives me the illusion of overcoming these parameters of existence.

pondering medium, method and mortality.

Friday, January 11, 2008

suckling is continuous but no longer functional

elements for an installation in a new park, freed park. freed park is located on the south east corner of houston avenue and white oak, in houston, tx.

the park opening is planned for saturday, february 9, 2008.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tires, nails, rope, plaster and tar have traveled to Oklahoma

Centerfold: USAO Seven-State Biennial
Part II - Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 2008

Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery
620 SW D Avenue
Lawton, OK 73501

Mixed-media wall hanging wins competition. A radical mixed-media wall hanging that has the impact of a nightmarish nocturnal landscape by Houston artist Kathryn Kelley has won the...first place award in the Seven-State Biennial exhibit.

Numerous rusty nails, hammered into a tar-covered board become a starry night sky over a "darkling plain” of slashed tires and burned, tar-blackened, fraying rope in Kelley's "The Shadowlands.”
John Brandenburg, NewOK, November 207.

Two of my works, The shadowlands and I hate the idea of surrender, were selected juror by Paul Medina.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Tires travel to Dallas for 500x EXPO

EXPO 2008 Juried Show

January 12 - February 2, 2008
January 12, 6-10pm

500X Gallery
500 Exposition Avenue

Dallas, TX 75226
About EXPO
500X Gallery, Texas�s oldest artist-run space, hosts one of North Texas� most anticipated annual juried competitions. The exhibition is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media is eligible including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment).

About the Juror
Terri Thornton is an artist living and working in Fort Worth, Texas who splits her time between tending to the responsibilities of her position as Curator of Education at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and pursuing her career as an artist. Her work has been included in exhibitions throughout Texas and in Louisiana and Oklahoma. Her most recent exhibitions include Exhibition #11 at and/or Gallery in Dallas, Cherry Picked: 2007 Survey of Texas Art and Artists at Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State University, and Ether, a collaboration with Frances Colpitt, opening in November, 2007 at Testsite, Fluent~Collaborative in Austin. She earned a Master of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of North Texas.

included works: