Kelley Albert, Raleigh, NC Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement YOUNGER YEARS: Art has always been a big part of my life—starting back in high school where I couldn't get enough of the sculpture and photography classes. My first big purchase as a kid was a B&W darkroom that I set up in our family's basement. I spent hours developing shots of old antique cars and close-ups of vegetables.
COLLEGE: By 15 I knew I wanted to make a living as an artist, so I applied to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) where I could pursue a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. I got in. That was a mixed blessing. It turned out to be the hardest four years of my life (still to date) due to its demanding curriculum. I did have some FUN, however, in a Freshman Color class. I was provided with a solid foundation in color theory and introduced me to the medium of collage, which I have pursued ever since. DC: After graduating, I moved to Arlington, VA. You could often find me on the weekends as an art show exhibitor in the surrounding areas selling my latest "masterpieces" made from ripping, shredding and pasting high-end magazine clippings, my predominant source of material back then.
NEWPORT: In 2004, I moved to Rhode Island and there across the street was a fabulous art museum. It was here that I learned printmaking. I learned a new set of skills and gained a further understanding of color and paper. I replaced those high-end magazine clippings with my own prints (and happy mistakes) fresh off the press.
RALEIGH: Today I'm in Raleigh, NC. I'm still in the printmaking studio playing with paint brushes, combs, bottles of thinner, washers, mylar cut-outs, party favors, twigs, yarn, crepe paper, wood scraps, and anything else I can get my hands on to create interesting visual effects. When the weather is nice, you can find me outside with a camera instead. I love capturing the details, textures and patterns of my surroundings, whether in a park or urban environment.
FUTURE: In the future, I'd like to see what happens when collage, photography, printmaking and technology collide. The possibilities are endless.