Thesis: Kelsey Moulton

Another rare December installment of All These Theses!IMG_7947

Kelsey Moulton sent us images of her BFA exhibition, Florescence. She’s earned a BFA in Fine Arts with a Concentration in Printmaking from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. If the work looks familiar, it’s been on our tumblr before. Here is a brief statement…
In my work, I create environments that are otherworldly and nature oriented. I am interested in fantasy settings, ones that are unrealistic and dream-like. This interests me because I like the idea of letting your imagination take hold of you; making the impossible, possible. In the human mind, there are no limitations, there are no rules.  I am also really interested in nature that we have here on Earth. I combine the factual with the imagined. Research into tropical plants and flowers that appear to be not from this world inform this series. Using these as reference, I took collaged parts of these different botanicals and made my own. The shape of a leaf, the texture of a certain petal, or even just the color of something, can prompt me to build my own plant life. The idea of having plant-life that makes you take a second look to realize that it is not real is intriguing. The illusion gives a somewhat unsettling and perplexed feeling.
The vibrantly colored three-dimensional florals popping out from the wall are the most successful in achieving my vision in a physical way. The plant-life grows on the wall; a place that seems unnatural for life to flourish. This alludes to a post apocalyptic world that has become obsolete and abandoned. The flowers as the only source of life creates a small sense of hope in a run down territory. The printed plants have a sense of despair paralleled to the environment in the way they were created; they are not perfect.
As a screen printer, I am able to make multiples efficiently and methodically, adjusting color and adding texture throughout the process.  This multiplying component of printing mimics the multiplication and evolution of foliage in a live setting. The work is both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. There is a fine balance of traditional flat printmaking and sculptural aspects. My love of classic printmaking has influenced me to keep parts two-dimensional. At the same time, there are pieces and sections that come off the wall to make it feel like one can step right into this created world. Depending on how each particular plant was meant to look, various mediums, including watercolors and flocking, were incorporated to differentiate between the vegetation to underline that not every botanical is made of the same substance.

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