FIGHT OR FLIGHT
In this newest body of work, Kelly McKernan continues to exploreher psychological responses to the stresses and struggles of reality. Whilemuch of her previous work commented on the consequences of using idealism as acoping mechanism, “Fight or Flight” takes a more direct and personal approachby addressing these responses in terms of biological survival tactics.
Each work for this show combines a Van Dyke photographic print ofa female subject along with a variety of other imagery created with watercolorand gouache. McKernan allows the photograph to remain as the onlyrealistic element in the painting, forcing the female guise to represent thesole form of unalterable reality within her artificial surroundings andinteractive symbolic characters.