Kelly Kroener

Class of 2022

Instagram: @kroennn

Growing up, the forest was my first friend. To get away from homework, I would read, draw and create tree-houses within branches and vines. Eventually, development encroached, destroying flora and creek waters, disconnecting me from a place that offered solace. This early experience, influenced my research of ecological being, place-making and nature’s consciousness. From this standpoint, I create sculptures and installations that investigates human relationships to land, copes with loss of the natural world while seeking out new modes of healing and kinship within this web of life. The planet is currently phasing out of the Holocene and into a proposed new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. As an artist living in this current context, I feel an urgency to create work that reflects on how humans relate, see, think and feel in this precarious environment.