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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

KELLY CASTRO

KELLY CASTRO

Artist Work

Catholic Girls 8
2011
photographic print
34 in. wide x 36 in. deep
Catholic Girls 14
2012
photographic print
36 in. wide x 24 in. deep
Catholic Girls 13
2011
photographic print
31 in. wide x 36 in. deep
Catholic Girls 3
2011
photographic print
36 in. wide x 33 in. deep
Catholic Girls 4
2011
photographic print
36 in. wide x 42 in. deep
Catholic Girls 7
2011
photographic print
36 in. wide x 26 in. deep

Artist Information

County
Kent County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Creating a theatrical set or scenario, I use my camera as a ‘flashlight’ exploring the scene, searching for an intimate moment, a clarity of intent that gives me a jolt.  My sensibilities are excited by what is strange, unsettling and surprising.  Scale is important to my work.  The images created for ‘Catholic Girls’ derive from 1.75-inch tall Avon Thimbles, shot with an 85 mm lens.  Prints are large format, 36 inches or more, rendering the heads human-size and sculptural. The narrative created by the images resonates when I ‘hear’ whispering voices in my prints.

Artist Bio

Graduated from MICA with a BFA /Drawing and an immediate need for a job. Baltimore Magazine hired me and provided training in graphic design enabling me to make both a living and art. Worked in graphic design, advertising, and exhibit design. Widowed at 38, the pain ultimately purged me and necessitated a fresh start.  Armed with an MFA/Writing, I started a novel.  Keeping track of my characters proved daunting and in 2006 I began using Disneykins as stand-ins and photographing them.  Once I saw the photographs, I found my voice and my ear as my characters were now speaking to me. Moved on to shooting Avon Thimbles. Using an 85 mm lens, I created various scenarios. In large-format prints, the figures are human-size and disarmingly real.  I knew I had made an artistic breakthrough when I stopped being a writer and instead became an eavesdropper.  Art reclaimed me.