"I have always been fascinated by the otherworldly and the idea that we can exist as something other than what we are. It is the realm of harlequins, voodoo, and fetishes. I'm seduced by the realm of carnivalesque and the suspended reality it creates, the figures become cast in a performance taking place somewhere in the landscape between reality and my own imaginarium."
After graduating with a First in Fine Art from Nottingham, Kelly Sweeney completed an MA at Chelsea School of Art in 2014. That year saw the artist selected for Zeitgeist 2014, shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries and awarded the Art Patrons Bursary from UAL. Exhibitions since include ‘Strobe Maneuvre’ at Unit 3 in London, ‘Painted Surfaces’ at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, ‘Frightflicks’, a film festival supported by BFI at The Pillbox, and Zeitgeist 2015, all in London. Kelly Sweeney was also selected as a finalist for the HIX award 2015 (presented by Tracey Emin) and was awarded second prize. 2016 has seen her return from a residency in Switzerland and the artist has been continuing to develop a new body of work for her forthcoming Solo Exhibition ‘Transient’ at BSMT Gallery. This will be the artist’s first London solo show. Recent selected exhibitions include ‘Looking Up’ at Studio 1-1 and the Summer Salon at Angus Hughes. The artist lives and works in East London.
'Transient' presents a new body of work that will comprise of sculpture, painting and works on paper. The artist discusses her plans for the show in an interview with Traction Magazine http://tractionmagazine.co.uk/post/152243788796/133-kelly-sweeney