Holly Kelly is a sculptor, metalsmith, and recent addition to our Massachusetts program! Holly creates large-scale metal works, both conceptual and functional, using the traditional process of iron casting.
Holly’s work often deconstructs common public forms, disrupting their functionality through physical reconstruction. For example, Holly created an anti-bench for the Franconia Sculpture Park that visually resembles a bench, but is constructed with the backrest leaning forward so as to prevent its use. Another piece she made in similar fashion is her Cast Iron Stove. Comprising over 600 pounds of iron, Holly’s stove is self-defeating: the smoke re-circulates back into the body of the hearth, creating a continuous loop that consumes all the oxygen and puts out the fire. A broken celtic knot is pictured in the design on the stove’s side, symbolizing the continuous path that ends.
Holly received her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2013. Since, she has worked for the New England Sculpture, a full service art foundry, providing bronze casting and related services to regional sculptors. Holly has participated in Iron Performance Pours at the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island, Sloss Furnaces National Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, and Salem Art Works in Salem, New York. She has completed residencies at the CE System Paradise Invitational Pour in Columbus, Indiana, and the Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota. Holly has also participated in exhibitions at esteemed venues across the US, including her first solo exhibition at the New England Sculpture Service in Chelsea, MA.
Check out Holly’s website to see more of her exciting work.