My work is extemely process driven. There are elements based on probability and chance, as well as ones that incorporate exceedingly planned out details. Often I use dice as a way of determing which colors to use, while other times I will draw a thousand tiny bricks by hand.  Combining these methods creates an organic rhythm that could not exist if I were making all of the choices solely on my own accord.

Within this framework, I create brightly colored, pattern driven imagery of abstracted worlds. The geometric and geographical forms being used are often reminiscent of this earth but seemingly exist elsewhere. I combine techniques of hand embroidery, drawing and painting, which breathes a contemporary life into traditional craft. With each meticulous stitch an intimacy generates between the work and myself and an excitement builds as a flat sheet of paper transforms into a textile-based piece.

This body of work is about finding a balance between my artistís hand and that, which is left up to chance. It embodies the notion of knowing when to give up control and when to exude it completely.


You can see Kelly's new handstitched works at Paradigm Gallery + Studio in Philadelphia this August.
To view Kelly's full body of work visit and follow her on Instagram @kellykozma.
  • Four Words, Sounds Like... | mixed media
  • The Minus World | mixed media
  • Topographic Chroma Radar | mixed media
  • Rosy | mixed media
  • Charge | mixed media
  • Quest | mixed media
  • The Heart of the Cheshire Tree | painting
  • The Earth Is on Fire... | painting
  • SURPRISE! | painting
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  • Shufflin No. 1 | punched paper
  • Shufflin No. 2 | punched paper
  • Half and Half | punched paper