Carolyn Kelley

Chicago Studio



CK.Magenta Cat-14x11-mm.2014

Magenta Cat

CK.Pink Pigs-24x18-mm.2014

Pink Pigs


Studio Member since 2008

b. 1983

Over the years Carrie has built a portfolio of work that spans many emotions, feelings and sensory experiences.

“Sometimes, I can make art. Sometimes, I like acrylic paint. Sometimes, watercolors. Lime paper. Brown bear is brown sugar. White cat stuffed animal.”

Kelley’s work can be viewed as a window into her personal experiences, allowing viewers to see what she sees, feel what she feels and discover what is most important to her. Using markers, colored pencils and watercolors, her work evolves in layers of impulsive mark-making and washes. Spend a few minutes looking and one will see records of her days and her emotions, one on top of another. Words appear on top of the layers, and recede underneath, drawing the viewer in to try to solve the puzzle, to search for clues.

“This line, this line, this line, this line. It’s all very complicated.”

Kelley’s work was featured in the 2017 exhibition Good Vibrations at Circle Contemporary.



August Artist of the Month
Circle Contemporary 2019
Inside the Box
OPEN Gallery 2019
City Clerk Office
City Hall 2018
Chicago Studio Award Show
Circle Contemporary Gallery 2017

Portfolio work

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

With Plaster, 2019

Like a Fake God, 2019

Films of Things (Boss), 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

Untitled, 2019

The Answer Like Pajamas, 2019

It’s Only a Hood, 2018

Shampoo, 2016

Blanket, 2016

Take Care of Mooses, 2016

I Gave Back Your Red Pants, 2016

Room Lifey, 2015

Butterfly, 2014

Pink Pigs, 2014

Magenta Cat, 2014

Grandma Lou, 2014