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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

"From These Hills" — Mary Alice Kelly

Untitled portrait by Mary Alice Kelly.
Untitled portrait by Mary Alice Kelly.

June 27, 2007

The self-portraits of Mary Alice Kelly [Kingsport, Tenn.], as unselfconscious and unflattering as they are, stress the dignity of the individual; they feature a marvelously nervous line that describes her facial features while also resisting losing its identity as a line.

In this way, by not being completely absorbed into the form it depicts, her line imparts a certain struggle to the artistic act of depiction that becomes a metaphor for the individual's personal struggle with existence.

Topics: Art