Alice Kelmon

 

My work is abstract, and falls mostly into three bodies of work. In 'Imagine', I portray an atmosphere or frame of mind, often suggesting a landscape I have seen or imagined. 'Open Book’ is a more personal narrative, and in 'Kyoto Agreement’ I am inspired by our complicated relationship with Mother Earth and all her denizens.

To an extent, a fascination with mediums drives my work. I always aim for a fresh and spontaneous sense. I love the translucency and sense of impermanence of watercolor, and the discovery allowed by the processes of encaustic and monoprint. Encaustic is especially tactile, and I add wire, paper, metal and wood to create allusions to our delicate and difficult relationship with nature.  I like to experiment – and in teaching my printmaking class this is the spirit I bring and encourage.

I was brought up on art. My parents traveled the world collecting so much art that they opened a gallery in the '60s -"The Moore Gallery" on Sutter Street in San Francisco - featuring Latin American art and SF rock art.

Since earning a BA in painting and printmaking at SFSU in 2005, I have worked in Studio 3 at Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica. I have exhibited at Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts in Mill Valley, Back to the Picture in San Francisco, the Mildred Owen Concert Hall in Pacifica, Santa Cruz Art League, Sanchez Art Center in Pacifica, Salada Cafe in Pacifica, and Coastside Land Trust Gallery in Half Moon Bay.