Kellie Lehr

I construct spaces by taking elements from nature and juxtaposing them with artificial and/or technological elements.  Most recently, I’ve been painting from tree branches I bring in to my studio.  The branches are used as a foundation and jumping off point, upon which I layer images and ideas.  Each painting layers these in slightly different ways.  Some use imagery such as computer clusters and some are using more abstractions of ideas.  The resulting multiple layers within each painting are meant to reflect a kind of technological space as well as mental space.  These spaces reflect both presence and absence as a way to understand relationships with each other and with ourselves.  The resulting images lie somewhere between reality and fantasy, technological and natural, and confusion and clarity.