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CSA Artist Spotlight: Liz Kelly

The Artspace CSA is a great way to buy local and support artists. Six Artspace member artists have been selected to participate in our second annual CSA. Each will produce a series of 40 works of art; the resulting 2017 CSA collection will contain one work of art from each artist. Find out more about each of the participating CSA artists in this series.

How long have you been a member?

I joined Artspace as an artist member to participate in the CSA, but I have been going to Artspace since childhood. It was such a pivotal place that showed me that being an artist is attainable and real, not just a struggling archetype. The space made a very deep impression on me and I’d always feel a sense of awe and wonder walking in the door and smelling the oil paints! I would save up money to buy works and bring my portfolio by for critique. I really looked up to everyone there as I grew up in Raleigh!

How and when did you know you were an artist? 

I think my family started to identify me as an artist and I agreed and filled the part. Early teenage years were my jumping off point when I concentrated on the visual arts in school and took to paint, pen and eventually clay. I was always looking for an alternate choice to the paths around me and being a creative person seemed like the most empowering option.

Tell us about your artistic process.

My work is equal parts functionality and decoration, so I think of a need I’d like to meet and start from there. Design College helped me recognize how helpful constraints are to executing a finished product. I set them all along the way so that I end up with a pot that I’d be happy making hundreds of. My work is always building on itself as I use and learn from the wares, so I’m always refining.

What can collectors expect from your contribution?

They’re going to get a mug to love. First you like it because of its usefulness and obvious beauty, and then you’ll get to know it over months and years. All of its subtleties continue to emerge as it’s handled and considered. Memories and habits start to build around its ritual use that makes for such a rewarding object!

What does being a part of the CSA mean to you? 

It means that I get to contribute some of my best work, what I’m most excited about right now. I also feel like I’m joining the ranks of publicly known talent that will inspire and serve its community. Working with Artspace is very exciting to me!

What do you hope to get out of this experience? 

I look forward to making 40 works of beauty, really enjoying the intentional process. I make pots almost everyday, but when you’re on a mission it feels different and special. I’m also excited about the creative community-building that happens with partnerships like the CSA. The people make it rewarding!

Tell us something about yourself that may surprise people:

I’m a dancer! As in, the crazy lady breaking it down on the dance floor, maybe all by herself.


Meet the artists at our Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 18, 10am – 2pm.

About Brett Morris

Brett is the Programs Assistant at Artspace, Inc. He graduated from NC State University in 2013 with a BA in Art + Design and has years of experience in helping to run a summer arts program, having been a counselor and a coordinator at the Design Camp at CAM Raleigh and NCSU. He is also a skilled photographer, graphic designer, screen printer, and has organized and installed exhibitions.

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