Kelly Chorpening

Course Director BA (Hons) Drawing

Camberwell College of Arts

Biography

Kelly Chorpening is an American artist who has lived in London since 1999. Since working as an archaeological illustrator in India in 1993, she has dedicated herself to drawing, both as a practitioner and educator. She is co-author of the UAL Drawing Qualification units, and since 2006, Course Director of BA (Hons) Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts.

She is currently a co-investigator in a practice-based research project entitled ‘In- and outside- writing’ (funded by Opak, Belgium), an investigation into when the creative acts of drawing and writing are closest. Project outputs include a large-scale exhibition of the same name at Voorkamer in Lier, Belgium, and two publications in 2012 - a limited edition artists book published by RGAP, UK, and the Opak cahier, published by ACCO, Belgium.

Research interests

Drawing, object vs. word, drawing vs. writing.

Research statement

Kelly Chorpening’s recent experiments with ways of materialising the form of language in order to test the fundamental processes of naming and identification that occur in both drawing and writing. Basic forms and gestural marks resembling letters, words and utterances are articulated along a stretched horizontal format, creating an experience of the work akin to reading.

In 1968, Michel Foucault, described Rene Magritte’s ‘ Ceci n’est pa une pipe’ as “simultaneously present and visible, image, text, resemblance, affirmation and their common ground.” Whether on the page or on the wall, the work explores this area of ambiguity between object vs. word, drawing vs. writing.

Selected research outputs

  • Between Thought and Space @ Dilston Grove

    Ahmed, Miraj and Bøhling, Isha and Chorpening, Kelly and D'Avoine, Pierre and Egashira, Shin and Kourbaj, Issam and Franks, Matt and Lee, Jeffrey T Y and Lorenz, Theo and Monroe, Ian and Spragge, Foster and Thatcher, Tony (2015) Between Thought and Space @ Dilston Grove. [Show/Exhibition]

  • Between Thought and Space @ Camberwell Space

    Ahmed, Miraj and Bøhling, Isha and Chorpening, Kelly and D'Avoine, Pierre and Egashira, Shin and Emerson, Tom and Franks, Matt and Kelly, Conor and Kourbaj, Issam and Lee, Jeffrey T Y and Lorenz, Theo and Monroe, Ian and Schweder, Alex and Spragge, Foster and Thatcher, Tony (2014) Between Thought and Space @ Camberwell Space.

  • Drawn and written flourishes

    Chorpening, Kelly (2014) Drawn and written flourishes. In: The Drawn Word. Studio International. ISBN 9780983259954

  • Site-seeing from left to right

    Chorpening, Kelly (2012) Site-seeing from left to right.

  • Drawing-in and outside-writing: an in-depth study of when the creative acts of drawing and writing are most closely related

    Chorpening, Kelly (2012) Drawing-in and outside-writing: an in-depth study of when the creative acts of drawing and writing are most closely related. In: Drawing out 2012, 28 - 30th March 2012, London, UK.

  • Drawing- in and outside -writing

    Morrens, Peter and Chorpening, Kelly and Nys, Ans and Fortnum, Rebecca (2012) Drawing- in and outside -writing. RGAP, UK.

  • The Good Drawing

    Farthing, Stephen and Chorpening, Kelly and Wiggins, Colin (2012) The Good Drawing. Bright, 7 . CCW Graduate School, London. ISBN 9781908339010

  • Back to the drawing board

    Chorpening, Kelly (2011) Back to the drawing board. In: Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East: Intersections of Transdisciplinary Practice and Understanding, 1st - 3rd November 2011, American University Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • In- and outside- writing

    Chorpening, Kelly and Fortnum, Rebecca and Morrens, Peter and Nys, Ans (2011) In- and outside- writing.

  • Drawing at higher levels

    Chorpening, Kelly (2011) Drawing at higher levels. In: Camera Lucida II, 20 April 2011, Royal Society, Carlton House, London.