Kathleen Skeels

For me my art is an alternate world, a place of possibility and discovery where I am at my most capable and where the rules are of my own making. Through my art I make intangible worlds tangible. Art gives me a serious playground that holds me enthralled for as long as it takes to complete the work.

Drawing is basic to my art, drawing in black and white and color. It’s play. It’s memory. It’s a refuge. On another level, it serves as a tool for examining the world directly, and for thinking through ideas and projects.

Clay is a versatile and challenging material. I work in in clay to sculpt, and use it as a ground for drawing and painting. It is a versatile and challenging material. Porcelain’s fine texture is perfect for small sculptures and complex drawings. Colors are at their most brilliant on top of porcelain. A heavy duty stoneware clay works well for creating my large scale sculptures.

I create my figurative sculptures from imagination informed by my studies from life. Often these three dimensional pieces double as grounds for my drawings.

My artwork is eclectic. I use whatever I need at the moment, color and tone, 2D and 3D, giant and tiny. Often opposites attract, for example a sculptural volume that flattens into a drawing, going from 3D to 2D and back to 3D again, or a twice life sized figure that contains a miniature world. I design and construct gardens as well, sometimes using my ceramics to create the hardscape. Gardens take time to experience and time to develop. Gardens are space sculpted by form, form made of a composition of hardscape and nature, that can only be experienced through movement and time.

These are the three art mediums I work with: drawing, sculpture, and space.

Floating Vimelia
20 by 22.5 by 18.5 inches

Death Cage Tulipieere
72 by 34 by 34 inches

Portrait of the Artist
18 by 18 by 13 inches

Alliens Landing
12 by 6 by 6 inches

Toddler with Moths
19 by 13 by 11 inches

Dulcius Ex Asperis
27 by 18 by 32 inches

She is Dead
16 by 7 by 16 inches

Romeo and Juliet Go to Hell
22 by 27 by 14 inches

Alice and the Mashers
30 by 35 inches
Print of Porcelain Tile Drawing

Pupa People
6 by 7 inches
Drawing on Porcelain Tile

Un Recado Para Ti
14 by 12 by 11 inches

12 by 9 by 9 inches

Queen Bee
30 by 15 by 10 inches