DENVER — AiR TOUR — Issue 9
“The Starry Rocky Mountains” by Kellsie Moore
Kellsie Moore by Erika Arlee
sM | How do you think the AiR residency program, and this exhibit, fits into the artist community in Denver?
KM ── This residency is a phenomenal opportunity for local artists! This has been an incredible way to reach more of my community than nearly any other show. The Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit makes art an accessible and memorable experience that expands the appreciation of what it takes to create emotionally evoking works of art. Because it is a new and different way of experiencing art, it brings in more and different people beyond the gallery crowd. This exhibit brings the community together and allows for more people to become art fans, and now collectors of original pieces!
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sM | What were you able to accomplish in your residency?
KM ── Live painting with a crowd was a new experience for me and, it honestly gave me anxiety for the first couple of days, but after adapting to the situation, the people became a new source of inspiration for me. It’s been exhilarating to see people’s reactions to my work in real-time, to share the process of what I’m doing and have them enjoy seeing the transformation as the piece gets finished. It’s helped grant me a new perspective and freedom with my work! Dedicating this consistent time to creation and painting has shown me so much more of what I’m capable of and unlocked a greater vision for where I want to take my career as an artist.
sM | What inspiration do you get from artists around you?
KM ── I am constantly soaking in inspiration from artists around me. Some artists from the past — like van Gogh, Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Degas — but also contemporary artists that I find in some of my favourite galleries or on Instagram. I adore watching people’s processes and appreciating how different and unique our styles are. It’s beautiful how a dozen people can paint the same thing and you’ll get a dozen different expressions every time.
sM | How has the pandemic transformed your mission as an artist, and priorities as a creative?
KM ── The pandemic obviously forced change and a massive slow-down for most people, which in some ways dampened creativity and inspiration; however, it also allowed for a deeper awareness and stillness that opened the door for new ideas to come in. I actually used this time over the past couple of years to dive in and create more. It opened up a desire and commitment within me to take less unnecessary middle steps in my life and really begin creating at the level I want to be at now. Art cultivates connection, showcases beauty (which is subjective), discusses ideas, communicates meaning and reveals part of the human spirit in every brushstroke.