Kelly Kozma

I roll two dice and the combination of numbers that surface equal 9, so I pick up the ninth colored pencil from the front of the set and begin to draw. When I finish this section I’ll roll again and so on…

Part of my process is setting up limitations for myself in this way. Beyond dice, I use other methods of creating boundaries as well. Sometimes I will crumple the paper before I begin, giving it creases, rips and essentially a life of its own. In other instances I will close my eyes and pick materials out of a pile at random. My mission in working this way is to create an organic rhythm that could not exist if I were making all of the choices solely on my own accord.

Within this framework, I create brightly colored, pattern driven imagery of abstracted worlds. The geometric and geographical forms being used are often reminiscent of this earth but seemingly exist elsewhere. I combine techniques of hand sewing, drawing and painting, which breathes a contemporary life into traditional craft. With each meticulous stitch an intimacy generates between the work and myself and an excitement builds as a flat sheet of paper transforms into a textile-based piece.

This body of work is about finding a balance between my artist’s hand and that, which is left up to chance. It embodies the notion of knowing when to give up control and when to exude it completely.