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Bēhance

  • RECENT PAINTINGS
    Kelly McKernan

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    I aim to illustrate internal tension and struggle as experienced personally by each of these characters. They are each interacting with symbolic elements that represent their respective opponents. In conjunction with the titles of these paintings, delicate metaphors are created with a purpose to be interpreted on an individual basis by the viewer.

    These paintings were created with a highly involved process involving advanced darkroom black & white printing techniques. First, a 35mm negative is chosen from a modeling session. The image is then exposed onto the watercolor paper, which is first tea stained and stretched (like canvas) over a frame and then made light sensitive by an application of liquid silver emulsion.  Finally, painting begins with various water media, including watercolor, gouache, and bleach. Occasionally, string will be stitched into the paintings as well.
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    For more information, please visit my website at http://www.kellymckernan.com
    Prints and originals can be purchased at http://www.kellymckernan.bigcartel.com

  • Infatuation

    watercolor + gouache + string
    w/silver gelatin print
    tea stained paper
    10" x 24"

  • Vulnerability

    gouache
    w/silver gelatin print
    tea stained paper
    16" x 22"

  • Cyclical

    gouache
    w/silver gelatin print
    on tea stained paper
    15" x 22"

  • Cuckold

    gouache + string
    w/silver gelatin print
    tea stained paper
    10" x 20"

    [print available]

  • Stalemate

    gouache + string
    w/silver gelatin print
    stained paper
    10" x 20"

    [print available]
  • Fidelity

    gouache + watercolor + bleach
    w/silver gelatin print
    on tea stained paper
    14" x 24"

    [print available]
  • Aphrodisiac

    watercolor + gouache
    w/silver gelatin print
    on stained paper
    15" x 24"