"Through my work, I want to study and recognize the human figure as more than just a body. Each one of us is composed of flesh and tissue that covers each mountain and valley of our form, creating a unique landscape. This landscape is what I hope to express to the viewer through my brushstrokes and the angle at which the figure is shown. I use structural strokes to create planes and a sensation of flesh. I also use exaggerated angles in order to abstract the figure so that it is not viewed in the context of a human body, but viewed as its own existing entity. Color is sometimes amplified to add to the emotional characteristics of each piece, rather than focusing on the purely realistic features."
"I begin by choosing a composition. During this process I concentrate on the negative space, and how the body dissects the frame. I often use closely cropped images because I want to abstract the figure to certain level, leaving the viewer momentarily unsure of how the body is positioned. Many of my postures are inspired by my yoga practice. By practicing yoga I have learned to respect and understand my body, and all bodies in a new, more pure, light. It is common for humans to dismiss the body and only see what we think is wrong with it, or take for granted the intricate composition that allows us all to continue living. I want to free the figure from any associations of what it does for us, and allow it to be seen as the beautiful collection of flesh and form that it is."
"In the future, I hope to work with these obscure angles to further detach the body from the way it is commonly perceived. I would want to work with larger canvases that will allow me more space to play with the idea of the body as landscape, and explore more complex compositions. While I have a strong direction, I anticipate my style and concepts to change as I grow as an artist, and I look forward to where my work and interests take me."
Kelcie Mack currently lives in Spring Lake Heights, and is going into her senior year at Salisbury University in Maryland. When she is not painting, she enjoys traveling, reading, and practicing yoga. After Kelcie graduates, she will attend grad school and receive her Masters in Fine Arts.
In the future, I would love to work in a gallery while producing my own work in a studio space.
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