Kelly Chorpening’s practice, which spans drawing, painting, film, installation and publishing, is not media or process specific.
For her, drawing is a conceptual realm of artistic proposal; a dimension in which illusion, materiality and structural systems converge to develop their own self-sustained, semiotic logic.
Borrowing from the languages of cartooning and architecture, Chorpening’s works readily confuse the pictorial with the real and the mental with the physical. Abject articulations made up of expletive or uncouth dialogue fluently communicate abstracted messages through slapstick humour, thuggish belligerence and a certain poetic grace.
Chorpening’s work is regularly exhibited in the UK and internationally, featuring at museums and festivals such as Fabbrica Europa (Florence), Voorkamer (Belgium), RMIT (Melbourne), Academie Royale des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), CACP Cleveland (USA) and Barbican (London), with many of these projects co-developed as books.
Her symposia and curatorial projects include What Makes A Good Drawing? (The National Gallery, London), Drawing Out (RMIT, Melbourne), Crossing the Line: Drawing in the Middle East (RMIT Melbourne and the American University Dubai) and Camera Lucida II (Royal Society London).