I am an artist who wishes to tell a story. To me, artwork is created to bring a spectator into the world of the artist’s imagination where the viewer can participate and relate to the narration an artist depicts. It is important to me that my art expresses a commonality of human experiences. My work seeks to address universal issues confronted by all individuals over a lifetime; namely those of love, origin, isolation, spirituality and comfort. My art is three-dimensional and includes found objects, text, pictorial images, and traditional book art materials fashioned to form a piece that will impact upon the observer a perception of basic realities.
I have a love for all things that transcend time and are able to provide a sense of history. Everyday items hold personal and symbolic meanings for me. It is a role of the artist to be a facilitator. How a box structure is constructed as well as what objects are included in the piece is vital to the success of the story the artwork will provide to the viewer. The artist’s selections are essential in order to give a story life.
My art has always dealt with contemporary social issues of the human condition. As an undergraduate with a double major in studio art and politics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, I struggled to decide what career path I would take - either to be an artist or public defender. Art, my passion since I was a child in Wilbraham, Massachusetts, fostered by my mother’s love of the arts and my father’s genetic legacy for right brain dominance won out. Thus, I went on and received my Master of Fine Arts from George Washington University.
In recent years, my career teaching in a college setting, producing prints and book arts pieces in my Fredericksburg, Virginia studio, along with raising my son with my husband has consumed most of my time and has given me some of my greatest moments of joy and inspiration.
My work explores what is found in an artist’s mind inspired from common daily encounters and passions that are transformed from the routine into the sublime and spiritual. It is my goal that they speak to others as well in order to touch off emotions that assist in providing a unique perspective into our own existence.
Statement courtesy of Kerry McAleer-Keeler
George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA
The Book as Art: Twenty Years of Artists' Books from the National Museum of Women in the Arts