Fiona Kelly (b.1985, Ireland) makes sculptural objects and printed matter with the aid of her foraged, ever-expanding archive of waste. This archive holds a compendium of debris; its natural and manmade constituents are altered and arranged to narrate human interactions with land and the relentlessness of time. She is currently the inaugural Artist in Residence at GannonEco, A Waste Repurposing Plant in the Irish Midlands, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland Individual Bursary Award (2020) and Project Award (2021).
Kelly’s work has been widely exhibited, most recently in New Threads, Crawford Art Gallery Acquisitions 2021; Below, & Time Between, a two person exhibition with Carol Anne Connolly, Studio 12, Backwater, Cork City, IE. New Perspectives. Acquisitions 2011–2020, National Gallery of Ireland; Overburden (Solo) Triskel Arts Centre, IE; Land of Some Other Order, Lavit Gallery, Cork, IE; Visions of Half-Light, Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, IE; Mouth of a Shark, Edinburgh Printmakers Gallery, Scotland. UK; Field Study, The Auxiliary, UK; The Dirt that Measures All Our Time, (Solo) Mermaid Arts Centre, IE; Sustainable Futures, Sirius Arts Centre, IE; The Great Heap, (Solo) Leitrim Sculpture Centre & The Luan Gallery, IE; I Went to the Woods, the artist as wanderer, GLUCKSMAN Gallery, IE
Recent notable accomplishments include the acquisition of her work by the Crawford Art Gallery for the National Collection of Ireland and appointment as Assistant Lecturer at MTU Crawford College of Art & Design. She is currently creating work for a solo exhibition at the Sirius Art Centre in 2022.