Erin Ellen Kelly creates performances and ephemeral collages in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, gutted stores, boats, bombed out buildings, and theaters. In her teens and early 20’s she began performing in San Francisco, New Orleans, and New York at underground parties, clubs, and rock and roll shows. She experienced how the venue and audience influence each performance. Her interest grew in the nuance and subtly that a performance can contain.
Erin Ellen Kelly's work is devised using the qualities, histories, myths and environmental/social relationships of specific sites. The focus being on how qualities in environments and imprints of experience, inform the artistic material and are shaped by visual imagery placed within the body. Choreographic scores are developed in which internal processes are related to external structures, objects and forms. Motivated by politics of the body and movement as well as the transformative nature of performance, the priority is to create visceral experiences where the latent characters, animals, and natural elements contained with in the body are revealed. Her work, designed for site presentation, video, or the stage has been presented internationally.
Erin was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from November 16 to December 11, 2015, in partnership with Movement Research.