Making Marks anartist residency at De_Construkt Red Hook, Brooklyn 2018.
Before Eva Kelly’s Art Residency to Red Hook at De-Construkt, she knew very little about the history and contemporary setting of the area. Mainly associated it with A View from the Bridge, by American playwright Arthur Miller and reading some articles about how it has changed from a troubled area in the past to current gentrification developments.
As an illustrator interested in reportage and creating strong visual narratives, Red Hook proved to be a place rich in inspiration for Eva’s work.
During her art residency, the idea was to create work based on the theme of the flâneur. The concept of flâneur comes from the French noun meaning “saunterer” or “stroller,” which Eva encompasses in her work by exploring the urban environments of Brooklyn and Manhattan and recording the experience through her illustrations. This concept gave Eva a number of interesting ideas for her practical work with the focus on the individual’s experience of the everyday in an urban environment. This included “How does the individual experience the everyday? How to depict this in my work?”
During her time in the residency, she focused much of her work on the defining features of Red Hook - its history in the shipping industry; neighborhood staples such as Fairway and Rita Cafe, where she spent many of her mornings for breakfast; and an American culture seen only so vividly by a visitor - as well as locations around Union St., downtown Brooklyn, and midtown Manhattan.
Allowing the element of surprise, of the unexpected to occur by drawing whatever she found or focused on that particular area of Red Hook.
Distinctive in Eva’s work is the energetic mark making of ink and pen to convey a sense of atmosphere and to show a snap shot of everyday life. Making Marks involved a series of reportage drawings and visually communicated the overall impression gained from this unique experience. Also the residency involved show casing this project in collaboration with the De_Construkt zine. https://www.de-construkt.com/en/eva-kelly
Coffee Art Project New York
Entry to the Coffee Art Project 2018 New York. The inspiration for this piece are the everyday rituals that we can all relate to, our common thread framed in an ordinary moment. This expression of the personal, a self portrait drinking my daily coffee at the kitchen table. Regardless of culture or race this is a shared experience throughout the world of coffee drinkers! For me it goes further still, it’s a self examination of my creative process. An expression of a moment of quiet reflection, thoughts explored or just simply being present that I find some of my best and most interesting ideas. There are no stylistic acrobatics in this piece, its raw and real, pen and ink my modes of creative expression. We are all looking, wondering and exploring in the everyday and at its heart it is simply a celebration of the everyday.
Dublin Canvas 2018 ‘Colour in the City’ theme. Located on the Belgrade road facing the park. ‘Dreamland’ is a playful burst of colour design in everyday surroundings. The idea is to connect with people, uplift and add a little bit of happiness..
Illustration for D.H.Lawrence poetry notes for Dublin Institute of Education
Dublin Inquirer August cover. Following the theme of people and places I took inspiration from the Liberty Market in Meath Street Dublin 8. The idea was to reflect the atmosphere, stories and snippets of conversations I had with liberties characters like Joseph Sweeney shown here. His family history is from genuine old stock Dublin, beside him photos and mass cards of previous traders and a nod to the Iveagh Market on Francis Street where his grandmother worked for years. This is a place full of warmth and fun, chairs are an important feature where people sit down and enjoy being part of a wider family, truly a pleasure to listen to stories from Marie Carey, Joseph and his sister Miriam Sweeney.
Dublin Flea Market Poster and drawings
Personal project to complete 101 drawings of everyday things, people and scenes. The whole collection is on my instagram :)
People and Places.
Portraits of people I met traveling around Indonesia. Also So Young magazine competition entry of female music icon Dolly Parton.
Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday Part 1
Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday is an illustrated journey through the north and south of inner city Dublin. Inspired from the chapter Lestrygonians in Ulysses, James Joyce, it traces part of the journey Leopold Bloom makes through the streets. Starting on the north side with the Oval public house on Abbey street to Lower O'Connell street to Bachelor’s walk crossing over to O'Connell street bridge and following on to south side locations Westmoreland street and finishing on College street. Applying the idea of the flâneur observing city life. Acting as a witness to each scene I drew on location and took photographs of different perspectives. Working from these I made twelve illustrations which form this book. They show the exterior urban spaces, streets and people of each place and the corresponding interior view points from a cafe, bus window and various shops. The idea of this book is to visually capture the energy and the ‘stream of life’ of contemporary Dublin.
For this project I started a blog that records my process from start to final piece, how my ideas formed on https://evakellyblog.wordpress.com