Kelly Mccormack


Since I was a child I have always been aware of the waste that we humans produce. Growing up in Nashville, TN I was exposed to the large amounts of trash polluting the streets, sewers, and ditches. Plastic grocery bags were and still are the majority of litter I notice polluting our streets. I have always felt the need to clean up the mess that others have left but I was conflicted in my decision of what to do because it seemed to me that I was just moving the trash from one place to another. This idea of what to do with trash prompted me to think about the landfills we use and how people will shove discarded materials into a hole in the ground hoping that it will never fill up. In my work I try to convey to the viewer that there is always a possibility for one person to create something useful out of nothing.
In my artwork I choose to uses recycled materials. These materials include plastic bags, newspaper, cardboard, and recycled paper. My subject matter is non-objective and geometric in shape because I find myself inspired by the strong linear patterns I see in nature. To me, these designs embody beauty in its most simplistic form.
I am using the juxtaposition of both smooth and rough textures to signify the beauty of untainted land and the rough terrain of landfills and dumping grounds we use for trash. The linear quality of my work speaks about the perfection that was once apart of our world.

2009-2013 B.F.A. with emphasis in Painting, MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

2011 "SAA Juried Show," MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN Terry Thacker, Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN
2010 “SAA Juried Show,” MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN
“Student Juried Show,” MTSU, Murfreesboro, TN

2011 “80 Square,” Murfreesboro, TN
“The Swan Performing Arts Center,” Murfreesboro, TN
"Ave Atque Vale," BFA Exhibition, Todd Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
"Syncopation" Moxie Art Supplies, Murfreesboro, TN

2010 “Student Juried Show,” Open Lot Gallery, Nashville, TN

2011 "Murfreesboro Pulse," Volume 6, Issue 11
"Sidelines," Volume 89, Issue 11