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.

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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 www.kellykozma.com and follow her on Instagram @kellykozma.
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  • 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
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